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Title : Annie Besant: An Autobiography
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ISBN : 9781426457951
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Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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  • Nanci Svensson
    2019-01-14 12:13

    The autobiography offers little to no insight into Besant's leap from activism and the firm belief in societal progress by reforms that redistributed power (from industrialist to worker, from clergy to the sceptic, from double standards to acceptance of e.g. Birth control etc) to her latter surrender to the esoteric mumbo jumbo theosophical teachings of HP Blavatsky; I think I detect a weariness of the cynicism that her political life must have caused Besant, and the times being what they were, theosophy probably offered to her a hopeful reinstallment of some kind of belief in humanity as not a mere evolutionary chance, but something with a purpose. I quite like the book without Besant's explaining why she was so mesmerized by Blavatsky; complex humans will always embark on unexpected trails, and for Besant this is what she chose as a calling, as did sir Arthur Conan Doyle . The world may have been worse off for the loss of her social struggle; she was probably happier for it.

  • Lawrence Hung
    2018-12-31 10:36

    Annie Besant, a female disciple who puts Theosophical theory to work, a way to practice, after receiving teachings from "Master" H.P. Blavatsky, wrote about her life, and her life-changing events; from a girl overly protected by her mother, struggling through hardened life after loss of her child and divorce, somewhat ironically, from a clergy spouse, to the first-hand experience of the poor through atheist devotion to socialistic cause and continuous struggle in court trials, defending freedom of belief and speech, to final conviction in Theosophy, a system of philosophy that God is universal and one in Being. Theosophist is, thus, "one who claims to have a knowledge of God, or of the laws of nature by means of internal illumination." And Mrs. Besant further explains, "An Atheist certainly cannot be a Theosophist. A Deist might be a Theosophist. A Monist cannot be a Theosophist. Theosophy must at least involve Dualism." There are not many touches on Theosophy per se in the book as one would have expected or look for internal explanations from Mrs. Besant, which would have required reflections of complicated contemplations anyway, other than the first meeting with HP Blavatsky in her residence in London in the very last chapter. Rather, the socialistic struggle along with her Atheist and political partner Charles Bradlaugh receives a lot of coverage in several chapters. This might be a let down but then perhaps it can't be told in passages at length enough in a book such as autobiography.Mrs. Besant wanted, as she claimed, to throw light on some of the typical problems that are vesing the souls of man's contemporaries in troublous times, stretch out a helping hand to some brother who is struggling in the darkness, and so bring him cheer when despair has him in its grip. This, if you observe, is a matter of humility to mankind, of wisdom sinking into vortex of universe, of service to humanity, that is still needed as much as in the past.

  • Janet
    2018-12-27 18:11

    I loved this book!Annie Besant lived a passionate life: passionate about truth, justice, compassion, and loyalty. Her descriptions of a sheltered girlhood, traumatic transition to married life, spiritual passages from devotion to atheism and then to Theosophy, commitment to education, service, and idealism, and lively involvement with the spiritual and political issues of her day make for exciting, inspiring reading. Personally, I have never before read an account of the journey of devotion through existential crisis, principled atheism (although her stance today would probably be labeled agnosticism), and then to a new, deeper spirituality, that so closely resembled my own experience. Besant was absolutely committed to truth -- and she was always willing to let go of old opinions when she learned something new. Beyond that, she was willing to go to jail, lose custody of her daughter, lose friends, and be reviled by society as a consequence of her unpopular but steadfast commitments. I think she is a role model for intellectual and spiritual engagement, courage, and integrity, and it's a shame more people don't know about her life and writings.

  • Val
    2019-01-14 16:14

    Annie Wood Besant was a deeply spiritual woman. In her happy childhood and girlhood this took the form of a deep religiousness, in her unhappy marriage it turned away from Christianity and in later life towards a more philosophical, meditative form in Theosophy. Her social conscience was awakened early and evolved from doing good works to understanding that 'the poor' were the working-bees, the wealth producers, with a right to self-rule not to looking after, with a right to justice, not to charity (quoted from a 'poor man's lawyer'). This social consciousness and her campaigns to improve conditions for the majority never wavered through her changes in belief, nor did her search for truth.This autobiography is not so much about what she did a what she thought, felt and believed. All her actions were clearly guided by this and, whether one agrees with all her views or not, it is easy to see how she came to them. There are times when her writing would have benefited from judicious editing, quoting other people's speeches at length for example adds little to the understanding of her, but on the whole she explains herself well.At the time she wrote this autobiography the enfranchisement of the majority of the population (both men and women), the home rule bills for Ireland and India, the emancipation of women and many of the causes she espoused were in the future. She lived to see most of them and she helped raise the debate on all of them. She was a remarkable woman.Some readers might find a more factual biography easier to follow than this intellectual journey. This would make an excellent companion to it, explaining why she she believed and acted as she did.

  • Nicole Gervasio
    2019-01-16 14:17

    Annie Besant is a pretty badass heretic. She's eccentric and apparently not entirely truthful about her life story, but it is inspiring to read about a woman from a deeply repressed period in England who was disowned, stigmatized, and still able to become an ardent voice for justice on behalf of the poor and unorthodox varieties of faith.

  • Vamsi Kumar
    2019-01-17 16:11

    This book is a good inspiring one which tells us about how to tackle tough situations which we face in life.

  • Fahima Karim
    2018-12-27 12:27

    Annie Besant is an inspiration.

  • Cathleen Ross
    2019-01-01 11:26

    I enjoyed this but I was amazed by her switch around to Theosophy from Atheism.