Tuesdays with Morrie is a sweet book in which the author, Mitch Albom(known more popularly for “The Five people you meet in Heaven”) meets Morrie Schwartz, his college professor of twenty years ago every Tuesday for his final class with Morrie: Lessons on life.
Honestly, had I been in place of Mitch, I wouldn’t have gone to him every Tuesday. I would’ve been there as much as I could have. As much as could have been possible.
Morrie, the amazing, electrifying, almost perfect man is diagnosed with ALS. Mitch, having been out of connect with his old professor for twenty years finds out about his professor through a TV Show. Mitch goes to meet Morrie, to see how Morrie is doing. And Mitch isn’t the only one who goes to meet Morrie. There are students before and after Mitch, neighbours, people Morrie barely knows. This should serve as an indication to the character of Morrie, and why the book is Tuesdays with Morrie and why I would have met Morrie every day, if I could. I won’t divulge why that is, why you would want to meet Morrie every day or why so many people met him, but you’ll find out soon enough when you read the book.
Morrie talks about amazing things, beautiful things. Life and whatever it encompasses, regret, death, love, family, religion and culture, emotions, aging, money and what not. Morrie has a gift. To speak in such a simple and unpretentious and non-patronizing manner about these things. You hang on to whatever he says and you want to ask him your doubts. Talk to him about your fears. About your life. About where you went wrong. About where he went wrong. How did he deal with it and how should you. By the end of the novel, even though most of us have not met Morrie, his presence and absence is felt. By the end of the novel, Morrie gives us life lessons to live by.
Morrie is the kind of person we would all want to be. Our ideal self. And Morrie portrays so beautifully what it means to be strong. He doesn’t disregard he has ALS, nor does he whine why he has it. But he tackles it head on. He is strong, but allows himself moments of weakness. He doesn’t change himself to fit in. He stays himself, no matter what. Morrie, is amazing.
Honestly, I don’t know what more I can say about this novel without ruining it further. I’ve already said so much about Morrie and the kind of person he is, I fear I may have spoiled the book. If I have, I am extremely sorry. This book is an experience. You don’t fast read through this book. You read each page with utmost attention and take a breath and take whatever the page had all in. You end this book, and pick it up a month later to read it again.
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