Friday, March 13, 2015
Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword, by Jeanette Eaton
Just the same, I wasn't sure whether I'd find this book interesting when I picked it up. Jeannette Eaton and I have had our difficulties in the past. The cover is not remotely exciting, although completely accurate. So it was such a pleasant surprise to thoroughly enjoy this book from start to finish. I know it sounds kind of hyperbolic to use a phrase like "a masterpiece of juvenile biography" but it's really the best one that comes to mind, having completed it.
The book is the perfect introduction to the life of a man who accomplished so much. It touches on all aspects of his life- culture, family, religion, education, employment, social relationships, daily habits. . . all without overwhelming the reader or brain-dumping facts. It's all handled very methodically at a reasonable pace. At the same time, the book engages the reader and helps him develop a genuine interest in the things that concerned Gandhi himself.
The entire volume has just over 250 pages, but covers Gandhi's life beginning as a teenager, all the way through his eventual assassination. It's a book that I'd sincerely recommend for young readers today, although it wants a newer edition to update some obsolete language.