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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
by MITCH ALBOM
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This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz - a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility.
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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, 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 twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, the insights faded and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive the wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing his old mentor was dying, Mitch visited Morrie in his study. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.
About the author:
Mitch Albom is the author of nine books, including the
newest, For One More Day, published 2006. Tuesdays With Morrie (1997), his chronicle of time spent with a beloved but dying college professor,
spent four years on the NY Times bestsellers list and is now the most successful
memoir ever published. His first
novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, (2003)
is the most successful U.S. hardback first novel ever and has to date sold over
8 million copies worldwide. Both books were eventually turned into celebrated TV
films. Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of Tuesdays
With Morrie in December 1999; starring Jack Lemmon and Hank
Azaria. The film garnered four Emmy awards, including best TV film, director,
actor and supporting actor. The critically acclaimed Five People You Meet in Heaven aired
on ABC in winter, 2004.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom