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Morrie

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Synopsis (Taken from Wikipedia)

Newspaper sports columnist Mitch Albom recounts the time spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, at Brandeis University, who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Albom, a former student of Schwartz, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes 16 years earlier. The first three chapters incorporate an ambiguous introduction to the final conversation between Albom and Schwartz, a brief flashback to Albom's graduation, and an account of the events Albom experienced between graduation and the reunion with his professor. The name Morrie comes from its meaning in Hebrew (mori מורי), which means "my teacher."

Albom is a successful sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press despite his childhood dream of being a pianist. After seeing Schwartz on Nightline, Albom called Schwartz, who remembered his former pupil despite the lapse of 16 years. Albom was prompted to travel from Michigan to Massachusetts to visit Schwartz. A newspaper strike frees Albom to commute weekly, on Tuesdays, to visit with Schwartz. The resulting book is based on these fourteen Tuesdays they meet, supplemented with Schwartz's lectures and life experiences and interspersed with flashbacks and allusions to contemporary events.

Review

Do you want to cry or choke? If so, then this is one of the books in the world that would make you cry. Tuesday's with Morrie teaches you the fundamentals of life, aging, and acceptance of death when your time comes. It tells you to not wish that you could go back and live a certain year of life again, but instead tells you to live for the year that you are at. Because if you are wishing to go back to a certain period, then you are not living a happy life right now. (It's somewhere in the book, I just don't know where it's at.)

It has it's moments where you just want to curl up in a ball and cry, like on the 14th Tuesday where Mitch and Morrie say goodbye and Morrie's life after what happened with his mother and father. The worst part was that the man that was lovable was dying of a disease. It's harsh to see a nice person die so unsuspectingly.

The language is simple that a 7th grader could read it easily. The only downside of the way it was written was that when Mitch spoke he didn't have quotation marks, yet other people did. I understand why it was that way, but it's simple to know when Mitch is speaking and when he is not though. But I wish that he did put quotation marks.

Basically, I wish that this book would still be taught and read in high schools, as well as in middle schools. It's a good book that it belongs in any suggested reading category.



Reviewed by Fatal Disease