This is an endearing and heart rendering story of a professor and his student. After having lost touch for years, sports journalist Mitch Albom comes to know through a television show that his sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz is suffering from a deadly disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is disturbed and reminded of how much he used to admire this professor and had learned so many useful things from him yet he failed to keep in touch. He decides to meet his professor again only to begin with the last classes with his professor. The class takes place every Tuesday and as Mitch puts it, “The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience”. This novel makes you go through a journey of pain, sorrow and unhappiness and how Morrie travels it with utmost ease and positive thoughts. Morrie had always been a rebel in nature who had felt that you should be in bed only when you are dead. Though there were no books in these classes, lessons were handed over to Mitch for the “final thesis” on love, work, community, ageing, family, forgiveness and even a morbid issue like death. There are so many worthwhile things said about each issue that probably can’t be unveiled without reading the book.
This is a 1997 novel which defines times which were materialistic and practical. Mitch had always learnt about the importance of non materialistic things from his professor like love, forgiveness and life apart from work. Mitch had promised to Morrie never to work for money and he had set into the same money making routine like the rest of the world. After getting in touch with his professor, he revives the importance of things which matter in life.
The writing style is simple and easy to understand. Rather than making this a simple book, it enhances the beauty of it by making lessons so easy to understand. It feels like being taught by a knowledgeable person in a class rather than reading a book.
I would not be wrong while saying that no book has taught me so much about life as much as Tuesdays with Morrie has. I could not agree more with Morrie’s feelings about love, work, society in general and family. You cannot help but cry while the man is in pain but at the same time it makes you feel if a man like him could be positive in the worst of circumstances, why can’t we? Through this book, Morrie taught his student Mitch and all us fortunate readers lessons which actually matter in life.
Book Reviewed By Sujata Chandra
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