Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.
This is an extraordinary book. Albom actually refers to it as a thesis. In this book he records conversations he has with an old university tutor who is dying. These conversations consist of Morrie sharing his wisdom about life with Mitch. He has a wonderful insight into life, especially in regards to happiness and death. It is an enlightening book and an enjoyable book.
Albom is a wonderful writer. Even though this is a recollection of conversations Morrie and Mitch had, this is written as a story, and you forget that it is Albom’s memories, and a piece of work that Morrie wanted written – he even gave Albom the title.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very descriptive, and I found it heartbreaking to read about how Morrie was deteriorating and his death. This was such a good read. It was easy to read insightful. I felt I got a lot out of this book.