Friday, July 18, 2008

Book Review: Tuesdays With Morrie

After my disappointment with The Last Lecture, I decided to read the ever-so-popular Tuesdays With Morrie. I picked up the book from the library on Wednesday on the way home from work, started reading on Wednesday night, and finished it before I went to sleep on Thursday. This book is a classic case of, "once you start, you can't put it down."

Tuesdays With Morrie is a touching and inspiring read. It is a true story about Mitch Albom and his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying of a terminal disease. For fourteen Tuesdays, Mitch visits Morrie at home to discuss life and its meanings. Each week they discuss profound things that are yet simple. They discuss the world, regrets, death, family, emotions, marriage, the fear of aging, forgiveness...and goodbye. Through dying, Morrie teaches Mitch how to live.

The biggest difference between Tuedays With Morrie and The Last Lecture is the personal stories. While Randy Paush (from The Last Lecture) often boasts of his accomplishments, Morrie leads a very normal life. He shys away from culture norms and finds joy in simple things.

In this short and sweet book, a dying man tells his student and all of us what really matters in life. It is not about fame, fortune, material things, but love, family, and friends. It teaches things that most people already know, but do not put into practice in everyday life. It tells us to cherish everyone and everything; love and compassion for others is the most important part of life. Everything else is secondary.

I whole-heartily recommend this book to everyone! Put this on the top of your reading list!

2 comments:

  1. tuesdays with morrie was good. try the five people in meet in heaven. it was pretty good too.

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  2. What's with all these books on death? I mean really, is it that big a deal? It's just the end of one journey and the beginning of the next one. Can't wait till it's my turn! =] Not that I'm suicidal or anything, I just like going on trips!

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