What a pleasure it is to have found this book! On a cold,lonely winter night, this is exactly what I needed to remind me that life doesn’t happen by itself. We have to make it happen.
This nonfiction book is about a young man, Mitch, who has not seen his beloved college professor, Morrie, in years. During this time, Morrie is diagnosed with ALS. Mitch forgets the teachings Morrie has given him during his younger years about valuing the intangible things in life. This changes when Mitch sees Morrie on television talking about his condition. With this revelation, Mitch goes back to his professor and reconnects with him. This visit evolves into a weekly visit, every Tuesday, where the pair talk about life, the meaning of it all, and of course, death.
Morrie is an amazing person, and I have to constantly remind myself that he is not simply a character in a book. He was real, and he lives in the lives of the people he has touched even after his death. It is a poignant story with a very serious topic. However, even though it deals with death, there is a positive tone about it. Morrie teaches us to accept our past and look forward to having peace. He is such an admirable person in that even when he was dealt the death card, he managed to remain positive and make differences in the lives of those around him.
It is definitely heartbreaking watching this man wither and grow weaker with each chapter. This man has lost so much. By the end of the book, he can no longer do any of the activities that he has loved throughout his life, and yet he persists in smiling and helping others. Even when he cannot wipe his own bottom, he tries to look on the positive side – a reminder to all of us to not get too wrapped up in our own worries. Live in the present and experience it with good company.
The only negative thing I would say about the book is that Albom’s writing is quite simple, and sometimes, it comes across as corny – almost as if it was a Hallmark greeting card. However, I don’t think that should stop you from picking this book up. Corniness is truth wrapped in banal words after all.
This book reminds us all that we need to accept what happens to us. Only then can we detach ourselves and see things from a full and meaningful perspective. Only when we learn to die can we learn to live. I’m grateful for having found this book. It was spectacular in its meaning and thoughtfulness. I would definitely recommend this one!
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