Tuesdays with Morrie is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one of his long lost students and the author of the book, Mitch Albom. After seeing his professor in an interview on the show "Nightline," the author is reminded of a promise he made sixteen years ago to keep in touch with him. Now stricken with ALS, Morrie does not have much time left, and Mitch recognizes this fact. He travels from Michigan to Massachusetts to meet with him. This meeting goes well and affects Mitch and Morrie so much that they meet for the next fourteen consecutive Tuesdays, up until Morrie passes away. During each of these meetings, they discuss a different topic about life. These topics make up the content of the book and include death, love, culture, marriage, regret and the world we live in, among many others. The reader feels many emotions while reading this book, ranging from happiness to sadness, and more than likely, will be wiping away tears at the end. It makes the reader think about their own life and ponder aging, forgiveness, family, compassion, and mentors in life, just as Mitch Albom does during the course of the book.
Tuesdays with Morrie is an extremely spiritual book. This book generates exceptionally deep thoughts about life and death. Throughout Tuesdays with Morrie one will discover the true value of life through Morrie Schwartz s lessons and aphorisms. This book will make one laugh, cry and want to share it with the world.
This is a true story about Morrie Schwartz, a Sociology professor at Brandeis University, and one of Schwartz s favorite pupils, Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom, a sports news writer in Detroit, finds himself without a job when the Detroit Free Press goes on strike. Consequently, Mr. Albom happens to catch an episode of Nightline featuring his ex-professor, Morrie Schwartz. Through the episode of Nightline, Mr. Albom discovers Mr. Schwartz was dying of ALS, or Lou Gehrig s Disease.
Morrie Schwartz s diagnosis and Mitch Albom s love and admiration for Mr. Schwartz draws Mr. Albom to visit Morrie Schwartz 16 years after Mr. Albom s graduation from Brandeis University and promise to keep in touch with Mr. Schwartz. When Mitch Albom visited Morrie Schwartz for the first time since college graduation, Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Albom talked about life in general and Mr. Schwartz came to the conclusion that Mr. Albom was unhappy with the way he had been living his life. Morrie Schwartz said, Dying is only one thing to be sad over, living unhappily is something else.
After Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Albom s overdue reunion, Mr. Albom flew to England to cover Wimbledon and he constantly thought of Morrie Schwartz. The continuous thought of Morrie Schwartz prompted Mr. Albom to call Mr. Schwartz to schedule another visit. Morrie Schwartz was very pleased that Mitch Albom called and invited him to visit the following Tuesday.
Morrie Schwartz held his final class: lessons on how to live in his study, over looking a hibiscus plant shedding its flowers, every Tuesday. We re Tuesday people, Morrie Schwartz said. Meeting every Tuesday was a tradition carried on from when Mitch Albom and Mr. Schwartz met every Tuesday while Mitch Albom was attending Brandeis University.
Throughout Mr. Albom s final class with Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Schwartz discussed the meaning of life as seen through his experience. The topics Morrie Schwartz discussed with Mitch Albom included: the world, feeling sorry for yourself, regrets, death, family, emotions, the fear of aging, money, marriage, culture, forgiveness, and a perfect day. During the lessons Mr. Schwartz often said, Once you learn how to die you learn how to live.
Tuesdays with Morrie is an incredibly moving and emotional story told in a brilliant fashion. Each page glimmers with outstanding inspirational lessons for everyone. This book is written in a simple, easy to read style. There are no literary illusions to take the reader away from the reality. Within this book are real life lessons, lessons that will make one a better person. People these days take too many things for granted and need to live every day to the fullest, this book will help to open one s eyes.