- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (Jan. 5 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739377450
- ISBN-13: 978-0739377451
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 958 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.
Albom takes a big risk with the novel; such a story can easily veer into the saccharine and preachy, and this one does in moments. But, for the most part, Albom's telling remains poignant and is occasionally profound. Even with its flaws, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a small, pure, and simple book that will find good company on a shelf next to It's A Wonderful Life. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
This life-affirming fable ironically opens at the end of the life of a seemingly ordinary man. Known as "Eddie Maintenance" to those he works with at Ruby Pier, Eddie led what he saw as a disappointing life working as head of maintenance at a seaside amusement park. Upon his death, he learns that heaven is a place to make sense of his time on earth and that he will meet five people from his life who will help him understand its greatest lessons. Accompanied at times by music that sounds psychedelic rather than heavenly, reader Singer conveys this uplifting story in an earnest manner. However, the soft-spoken intonations he employs for women and the gruff but bashful voices he uses for men add an extra dose of sweetener to this already sentimental tale, as does Singer's plaintive rendition of Eddie and his wife Marguerite's song, "You made me love you." Still, those who turn to this audio book for Albom's (Tuesdays with Morrie) musings on the meaning of life will not be disappointed by his message-each of our lives are inextricably connected to those around us-or his compelling vision of how we might view life after death.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Albom has followed up the classic "Tuesday's With Morrie" with a parable about faith, and the impact we have on other's lives. It's part "It's A Wonderful Life" part Greek myth, and part Don Miguel Rios.
A very short story to begin with, Albom's use of language is so crafty that you don't realize how quickly the story of Eddie's final moments and encounters goes by...until you realize that you want more. And if you are moved by this book, you'll be thinking of your own "5 People" for many days after completion.
To say much more would give away the joy of finding out what is so special about each of our own "5". Suffice it to say that if spiritual based, new-age leaning, life affirming literature is your cup of tea, you're going to love this story.
Every loose end was perfectly revealed. My favorite part of this novel is when Eddie is with his wife. That was romantic and so sweet, and just reading that portion of the book made reading it worth while. Don't get me wrong, the others he meets are important, as well, but Marguerite made the biggest impression on me.
The best I can say about this novel is that it is a great book to have in your collection. For me to describe every person Eddie meets in heaven would take away the reason for reading it in the first place. If you like wonderful stories with meaning and hope, this would do it. There are some stories out there that helps you get through life and maybe answer some hard questions, whether they be fiction or nonfiction, and this is one of them. This book helps you realize everyone has a purpose on this earth. It is a positive view from one person, and I think he did an excellent job. I am glad he shared this novel with the world, and maybe, you will to. Enjoy.
This book's prevailing characteristics will either be its great weaknesses or great strengths, totally dependent on the person who reads it. If you're the kind of person who is already drawn to somewhat maudlin stories about the afterlife, then you'll probably be happy with TFPYMIH. I myself am something of a sap and therefore the book drew my interest. If you're a little irked by the title and cover of the book, well, I advise you to steer clear. (The cliche goes that you can't judge a book by its cover, but then the writer and publisher decide what it will look like.)
At many points in the course of this book, I looked at the way things were worded and thought to myself, "I would have written it differently." Not that I am some impeccable writer, mind you, but Albom's style doesn't always work for me. However, Eddie is a vivid character and he made a lot of sense to me, so maybe Albom got something right.
Overall I am glad I read this book but I am equally glad that I checked this out of the library and therefore paid nothing for it.
The story follows a relatively simple narrative, employing a relatively simple style. No flash and dazzle here. But it is in the deception of simplicity that Mitch Albom creates the complexities in which humans chain themselves.
We follow the life of Eddie, an aged maintenance man at an amusement park, who believes himself trapped by his wartime disabilities, and by his inability to confront his father. The story begins, as Albom puts it, at the end, in this case the end of Eddie's life.
What unfolds is a story of redemption and discovery, and in the end of reconciliation and peace. It is a very human story. Any lover, any friend, any child and any parent will find common cause in this story, will nod, will identify.
I believe The Five People You Meet in Heaven will remain on the shelves of classic literature for generations to come.
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