Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – book review

My Philosophy teacher once mentioned to the class that we’d discuss this book, thus, when I heard this I was more motivated to pick this up. But alas, we weren’t able to; we didn’t have enough time. Although honestly, this book should be given the time of day to be read and talked about over a cup of coffee.

Morrie Schwartz is a retired professor yet he still continues to teach millions of people every time someone opens this book. The narrator, Mitch Albom, is a student and a close friend of his back in Brandeis University. However, they lost contact after graduation and they only reconnected when Morrie was several weeks from dying.

Morrie’s an old man who gave Albom tips he’s learned throughout his years to be happier. Meanwhile, Mitch Albom is just like any of us who made mistakes and was so caught up with tangible things. He says everything as it is, he doesn’t sugar-coat how horrible ALS is, how the disease can make anyone suffer. Despite being sick, Morrie didn’t let himself feel dejected, in fact, he was in high spirits until the end. His conversations with Mitch are so moving but also so poignant simply because of how much truth there is in his words. I loved how it was so easy for Morrie to share stories; how easy it was for him to be so friendly and generous to just about anyone. It’s rare to find–let alone have someone like him as a teacher.

Mitch Albom learned a lot from him and I learned alongside so I could see why this book has a lot of recognition; I’d say it deserves more. He has created a simple yet awe-inspiring “final thesis” and I’m glad I got to know Morrie through him. He was loved, he was taken care of, and he will be remembered.


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