- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (Aug. 18 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385484518
- ISBN-13: 978-0385484510
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 1,092 customer reviews
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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson Hardcover – Aug 18 1997
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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
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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.
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I have done reviews on other Albom-authored works (I have the complete library!) and with only one exception that I can think of, have rated them as five-star must reads. A remarkable author. A gifted story-teller. Tuesdays With Morrie will touch your very soul.
. . . 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! Mitch retells the story interspersed with flashbacks to memories (chapters in italics) from his childhood, teen years, university life with Morrie, and his post-graduation life until the memories merge with the times he spent on Tuesdays as he watched his coach become more and more dependent, less able to stand the pain, and unable to so much as move his own head an inch or two. Mitch's own life had become one of fevered pace, usually doing 5 things at once, jetting around to cover sports events, writing for newspaper, magazines, and doing television; he knew he was no longer the same student Morrie remembered. But, the affection was still there, and a new chapter began.
Despite his approaching death, it seemed to Mitch that Morrie was clear about everything in life that was important, and what was not. Morrie always said Mitch could ask anything, so after his third Tuesday visit, Mitch made a list of things he wanted to get clear about, certain that Morrie would be able to help him find that clarity. He wrote, "Death, Fear, Aging, Greed, Marriage, Family, Society, Forgiveness, A meaningful life." They discussed all this — and religion, and afterlife, being with someone "in the present," and, how to say goodbye. It was an opportunity for Mitch to re-examine his life — choices he made, dreams he bartered away for things. It was a way to say goodbye.
This edition marks the 10th anniversary of the first publishing and contains an afterward from Mitch. It has been printed in "dozens of countries . . . and translated into many languages," made into a movie and performed as a stage play; it has become curriculum in many colleges and universities, and can be found in "funeral homes, hospices, churches, [and] synagogues." It is full of wonderful, gentle wisdom — not just for dying, or coping with the death of a loved one, but for living, and for living fully. There are many more things I could tell you about this book, but the main thing is that reading it will inspire you, and bless you. It will enable you to live well.
Morrie left a legacy for us. Not a business empire or an invention that changed the world. Just a few (well, many) words of wisdom from a down to earth man who lived like a gentlemen and made a positive contribution to society while passing through this planet. We all should leave something good behind, so humanity can evolve in the right direction.
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.