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Tuesdays With Morrie Turtleback – Dec 2002

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Product Details

  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606255095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606255097
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,778 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,660,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz--a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover 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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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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This is the story of a young man who had been very close with his professor at university, and, although he promised to stay in touch after graduation, he hadn't. Then one night he was channel-hopping, and caught his "coach" on Nightline with Ted Koppel. Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, was talking about how he was coping with ALS. He told Ted and his audience,

. . . when all this started, I asked myself, 'Am I going to withdraw from the world, like most people do, or am I going to live.' I decided I'm going to live — or at least try to live — the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor, with composure.

And that's what he did! This man who had inspired so many students, had loved music, and loved to dance was slowly losing his muscle control. First, was the need for a cane. Shortly after he was diagnosed, Morrie entered his classroom of 30 years, slowly making his way to the front with his cane, and sat down to tell his students there was a risk in taking his class this term — he might die before it was over. When he attended the funeral of a colleague, using a wheelchair by now, he thought, "What a waste, all those people saying all those wonderful things, and Irv never got to hear any of it." So Morrie gathered some friends and family together one Sunday afternoon for what he called "a living funeral." They laughed, they cried, told stories, and paid tribute, and it was "a rousing success."

Mitch made a phone call after watching the Koppel show, and went to pay his "coach" a visit. It was the beginning of what became known to both Mitch and Morrie, as his final course — how one faces death — with a class of one!
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I first heard about this book on Oprah's show and felt I needed to read it. I was shopping in Costco and came across the very last copy on the shelf. I started reading it on the 30 minute drive home, walked into the house reading and sat and and finished reading the book. I turned on the TV and the movie Tuesdays with Morrie was playing. Amazing coincidences. This is an important book for all to read. It seemed at first a book about dying and it fact it is a book about living life to the fullest.
I had a friend whose dad died of ALS and I really wanted to share this book but was afraid to offend. I asked his wife it I should share it and she said it would be fine. He read the book on the way home to Canada from Europe. At first reading he was furious at me as he said he had lived the experience taking care of his dad and did not need to read about it. He also knew I would not share the book if it wasn't important so he kept reading. Imagine a 250 pound male on an airplane alternating between laughing and crying and you have the impact of the book on someone who has been through ALS. He thanked me for putting the disease in a different perspective.
A must read and a good book to share.
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By A Customer on April 13 2004
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First the good news: Mitch Albom has done an excellent job of telling the story of a dying man. Albom writes vivid descriptions that made me feel I was actually there. The storytelling about Morrie's life is engaging and we truly care about him. We learn about the difference he has made in the world, and the lives he has touched.
However, if you are looking for deep philosophy about life and death you may be disappointed as I was. I had heard so many good things about this book I was hoping to get some new insights and guidance about life. Yet I found the information superficial. It felt like reading a series of newspaper stories rather than a book. Each of the write ups has more detail about relatively inconsequential matters such as what Morrie was wearing or the food Mitch brought over than Morrie's thoughts on life. In some cases we are treated to only a few sentences each on significant topics such as "Death" and "Fear of Aging."
I couldn't understand why there was so little "meat" to the book because Mitch had a tape recorder. Was Morrie so ill he barely spoke during their meetings? If so, why didn't Mitch tell us that? Did they talk about other matters and Morrie actually had very little to say about the significant topics covered in this book? I felt like Morrie's thoughts on life really weren't expressed through this book, although his spirit certainly lives on.
My sense is that this book will contain great insights to readers who have not previously given much thought to their purpose in life and their own mortality.
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