Mitch Albom had developed a special friendship with his college professor Morrie Schwartz when he was a young man in college. Despite his promise to remain in contact after his graduation, Mitch becomes too involved in his work as a sports journalist and the two lost touch. That is until the night that Mitch sees Morrie on Nightline.
Morrie had developed ASL and was dying. His unique approach to his illness has inspired and touched thousands of lives throughout the country, and it inspires Mitch to reconnect with his favorite professor. That first visit quickly turns into a Tuesday ritual where Morrie once again becomes Mitch’s teacher, the subject: Life.
Many years ago, a high school friend recommended this book to me, and despite telling her that I would check it out, one look at the synopsis online and I was saying ‘no’.
I was going through a classical literature phase at the time. I read the most common authors; Austen, Dickens, Bronte, and even Hemingway, though I didn’t particularly like his work. I also read some of the slightly less popular authors such as Thomas Hardy and George Elliot. I wasn’t interested in reading many other genres if I didn’t have too and I have never, even to this day, been big on nonfiction.
As you may know, they are making a movie of “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Because of this, I recently entered into a conversation with a family member about the book. She has an interest in medicine and science and expressed an interest in reading the book before the movie release. So, when I saw it on bloggingforbooks.com the other day, I figured that I might as well give it a try.
This story is written in a loving, touching voice. You can hear the author’s love for his friend Morrie from the very beginning. The author wrote it in such a way that those who are not familiar with the disease can understand what is happening and how the characters, especially Mitch and Morrie, have been affected.
Morrie’s many thoughts and philosophies regarding life, love, family, and dying are extremely insightful and heartwarming. They were originally said and written in a different generation, in a different technologically advanced world, and yet they still apply in so many ways, some perhaps even more so. This is the kind of book that will make you stop and think about your life and the people that are in it. It definitely did for me.
It is difficult to review a nonfiction book. This is not a fictional story. The people and places existed or still do exist in the real world. The pain, the sorrow, the love and the joy was felt by real people, people just like us.
This book was well worth the read, and I wish I had read it sooner. It touched my heart and made me think about friends and family that I love and miss dearly.
I would recommend this book to anyone searching for understanding and direction in their lives.
I received my copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and I have been granted permission from Penguin Random House to use an image of the cover artwork above.
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