MR. GANDHI by Ranjee Shahani


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An odd little book, ingenuous to the point of naivete in many places, this still affords some unexpected glimpses of its complicated subject. The picture that emerges of Gandhi is neither flattering nor unflattering; it ranges from his handling of knife and fork to his sex life, to his political views, to his unorthodox eating habits, and to his unhappy children. Yet, although the author had undoubtedly a first-hand acquaintance with his subject, the writing is strangely unreal. The reader may well feel isolated-as though he were looking through an extremely thick pane of glass. In all, it is not a very satisfactory attempt at biography.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1961
Publisher: Macmillan