Tuesdays with Morrie

October 12, 2012

By Mitch Albom
Reviewed by Maddy Byrne
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mitch, author of the story, went to Brandeis University. This is where he met his favorite professor of all time Morrie Schwartz. Fifteen years after Mitch had graduated Morrie was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and he was going to die. Mitch, on the other hand had started his life. He got a job as a writer for famous athletes and wrote their stories. After a long day of hard work, Mitch had been unwinding to tv, casually flipping through channels and heard “Who is Morrie Schwartz?” Morrie had been doing and interview about death and his disease on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel. Mitch knew he had to go see Morrie because he was going to die very soon. After the first time Mitch went to see Morrie, he kept coming back, kept flying back and forth from Morrie’s house to his own. They decided to see each other every Tuesday. They called themselves “Tuesday People.” Mitch made a list of all the things he wanted to talk to him about before Morrie’s disease would completely take his body over and he would pass away. Mitch’s list consisted of nine things, death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life. On one special Tuesday, Janine, a professional singer, travels with Mitch to visit Morrie. Morrie asks her to sing for him. She usually does not sing upon request, but she makes an exception. Her voice moves Morrie to tears. Morrie cries often and continually encourages Mitch to do so also. As the book goes on Morrie gets worse and worse, but Mitch never lets him down and stays by his side till’ the last day.

Tuesday’s With Morrie is a great book about the writer’s second chance to learn about life through the death of his old professor and friend. Mitch Albom did a great job writing this memoir about his friend’s journey through life and death. It’s not only about Morrie suffering from the horrible disease; it’s also about what life is really about, love, friendship, no regrets, and what a “meaningful life” actually is. I enjoyed reading this book, I really wish I would’ve known Morrie myself, and I’m sure most of the people who have read this book feel the same way. This book will move you and every page of the memoir makes you learn more about how to live a “meaningful life.”

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