Friday, April 10, 2009

Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

I considered myself very lucky when I bought Mitch Albom's memoir book titled Tuesdays with Morrie. Usually it takes me very long time to finish one book. But this week, I did something different. I could read one book fast and keep reading it til a.m. An incredible book that made me literally dropped tears every time I moved on to the next chapter. Its tag line is "The Runaway Bestseller that Changed Millions of Lives". I was indeed one of those million lives.

The book tells a story of a student who has not been in touch with his retired Sociology professor since he left Brandeis University and only joined his old professor, Morrie Schwartz, 16 years later when the old professor had already suffered from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehring's disease. I never thought that ALS could be such a very terrifying and torturing disease to mankind, as if God somehow has overdone his test on somebody's physique by gradually making his or her body into a plastic mannequin with a soul.

In this book, the lucky student/author, Mitch Albom did his accidental thesis with Morrie every Tuesdays when Morrie was already sick. Mitch listened while Morrie talked. Then, Morrie could only talked while he was weakly laying on his reclining chair in his study room.

Morrie was a very sweet person with wonderful spirit and attitude. When the writer posed Morrie a subject to discuss, sometimes the subject was a mere single word, Morrie could immediately develop that word, talk and draw wisdom out of it. He was a plain genius. I am sure, whoever who had known him must have felt heck a big loss when Morrie lost his battle with ALS in 1995. This world had indeed lost one of its great men with Morrie's passing.

In his last project, Morrie talked about many issues that people have in today's modern culture. His last thesis include discussions on this world by itself, regrets, self-pity, death, family, emotions, fear of aging, money, love, marriage, culture, forgiveness, perfect day. It's all about how to create a meaningful life, to sum it up.

Ted Koppel, a renowned American broadcast journalist, hosted a highly acclaimed episode of Nightline with Koppel's 1995 interviews with retired sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz who was dying of ALS. In this show, Morrie gave the world access of his dying life and taught them the lessons about life for the last time before he died.

Conversations with Morrie Schwartz: Lessons on Living

Lastly, here is Mitch Albom's speech on his aspiring teacher in 2007


1 comment:

  1. i have had this book for over 4 years. it's a very good read :D


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