Our house is littered with unread and partially read books. This autobiography of Mohandas K. Ghandi has made it to my favourite bookshelf. I very much enjoy reading non-fiction – and in particular stories of history. This book kept me riveted!
Book Review – Mohandas K. Gandhi Autobiography
The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi – Autobiography
I read this book because I wanted to learn more about Gandhi than I had heard or seen in movies and choose this one because it is written in his own words.
This book was written by Gandhi while he was in prison. It covers the period of his life from early childhood to 1921, 27 years before his death and prior to becoming a worldly known figure.
This book gave me terrific insight into Gandhi’s youth and development into the man he became. I loved how it flowed in short chapters, each depicting an event or period that he thought noteworthy.
I appreciated the highs and lows that he wrote about. Each event was a reminder that he was just a man with hopes and dreams like anyone else. In particular, his awkwardness at the age of 13 with his arranged marriage is somewhat amusing – and as a young lawyer during his first case, having to forego his badly needed fee – his nervousness being so bad that he could not speak and had to leave the courtroom in embarrassment.
This book is filled with countless interesting events written as he saw them – but what came through in a non self-promoting fashion, were the demands he put upon himself in search of what he felt was personal purity, his brave pursuit for non-violent social justice and his endless thirst for knowledge including all religions.
From beginning to end I could not put it down. At its closure, I felt like I had lost someone.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
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