Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch AlbomTuesdays With Morrie
Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.

Tuesdays with Morrie is the real life story of Mitch Albom’s last lesson with his old college professor Morrie Schwartz. Almost 20 years previously Mitch and Morrie had formed a strong relationship that went beyond student and professor; Morrie was someone Mitch admired and listened to. Morrie encouraged him in his work, and when the time came for Mitch to graduate it was clear how much he meant to Morrie as well. Mitch vowed to stay in touch with him but he let life get in the way. It was via a TV interview that Mitch learned that Morrie was dying, and all his memories of Morrie came flooding back. They reignited their relationship in Morrie’s final months where he gave Mitch one final lesson; a lesson he wanted to share with everyone. How to live.

The book covers all the topics that Mitch wanted an insight to while Morrie could still pass on his wisdom. As such it answers some of life’s big questions on death, love, family and the world. He teaches Mitch that in a world where we try to cover our emotions, it’s OK to let it all out, it’s OK to show love, compassion and sadness. The book is littered with pieces of advice we could all do with listening to, such as taking time to appreciate everything we have.

I have read this book before, and it seemed I still had something to learn from it upon the second reading. It’s a simple yet utterly beautiful book that had me smiling and crying in equal measures. The words of wisdom Morrie has to offer aren’t grand gestures and hard to live by rules, it’s just one man’s insight into how the world works – but they’re words a lot of people could do with taking on board. It’s clear to see how much love Morrie has for everyone around him and in return how much love others have for him. The book allows you to feel like you know Morrie as well and that it’s a pleasure to have been let into his world, if only for a brief moment.

Mitch Albom beautifully captures Morrie’s character, from his charm and wit to his infinite knowledge about life. There’s no doubt that there will be tears reading this book, it just can’t be helped, but although it is very sad, by the end you kind of feel uplifted too.The book allows everyone to sit in on the one last lesson that Morrie Schwartz had to offer the world, and it’s a lesson I would recommend anyone to read.

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About Lauren C.

Lauren is a Journalism and English graduate, who is currently building up experience in journalism and writing. She enjoys writing about lots of things, and as a result of this she has set up two blogs: one professional, one personal. She has a passion for reading, shopping, blogging and all things 60s. In an ideal world she’d live in a house surrounded by books, Beatles memorabilia and pets. http://princesspancake.blogspot.co.uk/

One Comment

  1. Posted 08/03/2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I’ve not read this book, although I have heard a lot about it, and I’m intrigued all the more after your review. I think everyone had that somebody they look up to whilst they’re growing up.

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