Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (August 18, 1997)
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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, 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, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch 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.
I debated whether to read this book or not because I knew it would be very sad, but I finally decided I would go ahead and try it. The book is a very emotional read, but I loved everything about it. The relationship between Mitch and Morrie was very special, and the fact that they went a period of time without any communication didn’t change that. Morrie was a great mentor, and Mitch was a great student, they made a great pair.
I think Morrie was way more open about his situation as his health deteriorated than I would be. But I think it helped Mitch deal with Morrie’s impending death knowing how bad it actually was and that Morrie was dealing with things as good as he was.
Morrie had a great sense of humor, was very knowledgeable about many subjects, and was an inspiration to his student, friends, and family.
I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!