Thursday, 12 February 2015

#3 book review

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

My initial thoughts on this one where that it was beautifully written and powerfully gripping. The way it switches from past to present tense (Mitch's college days and present day when Morrie was really ill). The flashbacks work very well and tie into the story strengthening the context.

This is a story of one mans deterioration. Mitch Albom is both the writer and the real narrator of the story. Morrie was a sociology professor and Mitch Albom's favourite and most inspiring teacher. It begins with Morrie teaching Mitch and college and the story flits between the college days and 16 years later when Morrie is in the grips of suffering from ALS. They meet every Tuesday until Morrie's last breath, a tradition that started in college as the class was every Tuesday.  This story will teach you a lot, not just about death but it is packed with life lessons that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

This story was written with the intent to share Morrie's story and to raise money to pay his medical bills. This story is a reminder of how easy it is to get wrapped up in the treadmill of life and the chase for what we think is really important or what will make us feel worthy or important enough.

What i want to take from this book  is a little bit of his attitude and the hope to apply it in my own life. This helped shape my perspective of what dying means to someone in which it is imminent. This story ultimately taught me that we have to make each day count. 

People often say that life is unfair, which is true. Life being frequently unfair is a fact. You make your own life, make you own decisions, live, laugh, complain and do anything you want on your own but it will never change the fact the life is unfair. That's the irony of life. Death is a part of living and it should not be feared. This for me is what you should take from this book, not to shy away from death or to get bogged down by it but to embrace the time you have left and to laugh and most importantly to love.

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