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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson [Paperback]

Mitch Albom
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Oct. 8 2002
A classic from the author of The First Phone Call from Heaven

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.

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No one but Mitch Albom could have read Tuesdays with Morrie so effectively. As the author of this inspirational true story, Albom uses verbal inflection in exactly the right places to evoke humor, empathy, and emotion. It's an honest reading, and the underlying timbre of private memory pushes it past mere recitation to pure storytelling.

The titular Morrie was Morrie Schwartz, Albom's university professor 20 years before the events being narrated. An accidental viewing of an interview with Morrie on Nightline led Albom to become reunited with his old teacher, friend, and "coach" at a time when Albom, a successful sportswriter, was struggling to define dissatisfactions with his own life and career. Morrie, on the other hand, after a rich life filled with friends, family, teaching, and music, was dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, a crippling illness that diminished his activities daily. Albom was one of hundreds of former students and acquaintances who traveled great distances to visit Morrie in the final months of his life.

The 14 Tuesday visits that followed their reunion took Albom--and will take listeners with him--on a journey of reawakening to life's best rewards. The story is told in a journalistic style that never crosses into pathos. That a professional writer can write well is not surprising, but Albom also reads well, with clear enunciation and a talent for mimicry. Another reader might have interpreted the professor's aphorisms as droll humor or wrung a wrong note at an inappropriate moment, making the story a maudlin tearjerker; instead it is read for what it is, a tribute to a remarkable teacher. (Running time: four hours, three cassettes) --Brenda Pittsley --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A Detroit Free Press journalist and best-selling author recounts his weekly visits with a dying teacher who years before had set him straight.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 'Must Read Books' of this century. Jan. 20 2014
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One of the most deeply moving books I have read. Infact, I have read it numerous times. To my mother, my dear friend who is legally blind,have given it as gifts to friends. I have seen the DVD, and watched a live theatrical performance. Need I say more. Mitch Album's wonderful narrative make for an easy yet touching read.If this book doesn't touch you deeply......I don't know what will.

P.S . This book will be more appealing to mature readers. Young readers (like my teenage son) may not really appreciate some of 'Life's Lessons' discussed in the novel since they are yet to experience the multiple facets of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read! Aug. 14 2013
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Everyone needs to read a book like this at least once in their life. It truly makes you look at the world just a bit differently. The book is very well written and easy-to-read for the beginner and the story is unforgettable!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book has received a lot of positive reviews over the years from the book-reading community. My personal view is that it may be slighly over-accredited. The book will however inspire you to think about life !!
Mitch Albom shared with us his real life lesson from his old college teacher Morrie (the 'Coach' as he called him), who was dying of ALS disease. In his so-called fourteen-week of lessons, Albom was enlightened and inspired by Morrie about "the meaning of life". Topics like Death, Family, Emotions, Money, Marriage, Culture, Forgiveness were covered.
I feel like Mitch Albom didn't put much time and efforts in writing this book. He just finished this as a project which he promised and felt obliged to Morrie. The depth of content is shallow, even it covers pretty lofty topics. Many of the pages are spent talking about Morrie's getting-worst-every-week dying conditions, while only a small fraction of the paragraphs are used to describe Morrie's conversations and his 'teachings' to him.
The structure of the book is also quite loose. Flashback memories written in between chapters are confusing sometimes, and look like they're just to fill up pages. Some of these 'interlude' paragraphs don't really have much relationship with what was written in the previous chapters.
The intention of the author, though, is still good. It could well be a good introductory book for teen or young readers. As for me, who is approaching 50 years of age in two years, this book seems to be too elementary with the depth it covers.
Now, tell me what you think....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly moving, A life-Changing Book March 30 2014
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This book takes the world's most depressing topics: suffering and mortality - and transforms those universal fears into pure inspiration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Jan. 17 2014
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After reading "Until I Say Goodbye", I then got my hands on this book. This book had a lot of hype, but after reading a story about ALS, then reading this story on ALS..... they were about the same quality. For anyone wanting to learn more about ALS, this book or "Until I Say Goodbye" would be good books to start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh Jan. 14 2014
By Kelsi
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I did not find this book life changing or inspiring at all. I was expecting much more from this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but sad Dec 8 2013
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Keep a tissue box handy. This one is a real tear jerker. I don't know how much I learned from this but I enjoyed it and maybe it made me feel a little bit more acceptance towards death.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Points, But Over-Rated April 23 2013
By Patrick Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I ran into this book with very high expectations. I had been given several recommendations, regarding Morrie`s wisdom. The topic is of course, dealing with death and the meaning of life. This is an issue everyone must sooner or later confront.

Frankly, I found most of the book contained unnecessary filler. Albom starts almost every chapter, with an update on Morrie`s failing health condition. I was a little too squeamish for most of the disease descriptions. Then at the end of a chapter, there would be a sentence or two regarding life`s lessons. The first fifty pages did not contain any of Morrie`s insights, which is twenty-five percent of the book.

There were several good observations and conclusions, regarding how to live life. But most readers will not find anything new. This book would be of great value to a younger person. I am sure I would have given the book a five star rating, if I was still eighteen years old.
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