Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom will make you look at life from the very perspective that its natural to die and unnatural to not live while you’re still alive. We read in turns from when the main characters Mitch and Morrie knew each other as college student and professor and when they got to meet each other again after not having stayed in touch for over 16 years. In the latter stage of the story we find out that either way much has changed. Mitch has gone from having big dreams of leading a spiritually fulfilling life and having a career in music to becoming a sports journalist and burying himself under work. Morrie on the other hand has fallen from health suffering from A.L.S. (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an incurable neurological disease.
Maybe death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another
When Mitch finds out about Morrie’s condition he decides to meet him. He’s hesitant and self-conscious but soon he finds himself as comfortable in the company of his old friend as if they had never drifted apart. They meet every Tuesday to speak of life and death and acceptance, aging, envy and so much more.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
This book may not bring to you a story or a point of view that you’ve never heard before. Its non-fiction, based on a true story and yet you might actually feel like this concept has been overused. But consider this, Tuesdays with Morrie is the debut novel of Mitch Albom, author of the great literary piece ‘The Five People You Meet In Heaven‘.
“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
Its a book to read when you are simply in the mood for reading. It’s not a book that makes you sad or grim, its will not frustrate or depress you. It will simply make you value life a little more. This book focuses on positivity more than it may seem possible for a book that essentially is about dying. And that is what makes this book so special. Its quite thought provoking how so many people in the real world are neither Mitch nor Morrie but a constant battle between both. On a scale of one to ten this book deserves a five.
‘Is it today, little bird?’ he asked. ‘Is it today?’