Top positive review
"A fascinating read"
11 February 2018
This was a fascinating read. Gandhiji's writing is oddly simple, even almast naive in places. He faithfully records small personal struggles, giving them the same wieght as major political battles. Gandhi's zeal and idealism comes across powerfully, as does his lifelong concern with self-discipline and purity (bramacharya).
I was especially interested in his evolving understanding of satyagraha and his increasingly strict vegetarianism. His ascetism increased in direct proportion to his growing political power.
The autobiography ends in 1920, right around the time Gandhiji became an international figure. The major historical events leading up to Independence are outside the scope of the book, but it's fascinating to watch Gandhiji become Gandhiji during the first half of his life.
Like all autobiographies, this one leaves out much helpful background information about people, places, and evets.