Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, is a book good for someone who is somehow dealing with the roughness and toughness of life. It is a book that you will never expect to give you amazing emotional feels and a book that will make you reflect about how your life is going, your life priorities, and also depicts on what it means to be called human. It tells the story of an old professor being diagnosed with ALS and spends his last month’s giving out love and advice to his former student named Mitch Albom.
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Mitch Albom is an American author, journalist, dramatist, screenwriter, and musician; born on 23rd of May 1958. He is known for the inspirational stories and themes represented through his books and films. Tuesday with Morrie was published in 1997 in a non-fiction genre. Mitch Albom himself promised his professor that he’d stay in touch with him, but hadn’t kept that promise not until after 16 years. Morrie, despite knowing the fact that he’d soon leave the world due to ALS, still keeps his life positive and never became unthankful. Morrie gives positive life lessons that he learned all through his life on Earth to his student named Mitch Albom, who never forgot to visit his lovely and special professor every Tuesday—which worked into the title of the book. They talked about the message of love, acceptance, caring, money, family, and even death. Upon reading, I liked the line of Morrie and seemed to be his best line, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” For me, it depicts that the acceptance of death opens more opportunity for a person to be mature, to be contented and to love what and who is around, and to realize the anecdotes of life.
The truthfulness, simplicity, and optimism of Morrie. Knowing that he’s suffering from ALS and was soon to face death, he was still able to inspire people and give hope to people through his anecdotes of life. That death does not mean the end. The book literally is a good book that will make you realize the reality of life. Reading the book brought me to tears. I loved the theme that it showed. It became an eye opener that life must include acceptance and caring—which was really shown through the book. I also loved that the conversation was between an old and a young person. It just states that age really is not a hindrance for you to show care and love to someone; and that the wisdom that we get from the elderly is usually the best wisdom that we could ever get. All in all, I really loved the theme of the book and the message that it gives to the reader.
The moral is that sometimes, people that aren’t really related to us and the people that we never expect would be the one to be with us until our last breath; also, it makes people understand that death is not a hard pill to swallow. It will soon arrive and we all have to accept that fact. I give the book 5 stars out of 5 as it successfully gave the readers a new perspective about life and also, death.
I would really recommend the book especially to those who loves reading messages that are full of wisdom, memories, and thoughtfulness. This is the book that I have read and will surely let my kids read, in the future.