This is a riveting story of a “coach” and his “player”. Sixteen years after graduation, the author, Mitch Albom sees his sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz on a TV show. He learns that his old professor suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease, a brutal illness of the neurological system. He remembers the things he had learnt from his professor about “being human” and “relating to others”, but it is all a distant memory. One day when Mitch is driving a car in Boston he stumbles upon Morrie on a wheelchair being helped by his wife. The unexpected reunion rekindles their relationship and leads to the beginning of the last project for the old man – his own death. The class is held every Tuesday, in the professor’s home, by a window in his study where he can watch the hibiscus plant shed its pink flowers. The subject of the class is ‘the meaning of life’. When the class begins Mitch begins to realise that he has been busy in his life doing important things but he has never been satisfied. He still has a lot to learn from his “coach”. He flies to Boston once a week to attend the professor’s class where both the men talk openly about the world, love, forgiveness, death, marriage, fear and culture. Every Tuesday, Mitch sees his professor’s condition worsening due to the malignant disease. But Morrie has no idea of quitting. He has no self-pity. He wants to live and prove that dying is not synonymous to being useless. The fourteen Tuesdays spent with Morrie are a magical chronicle that teach Mitch the meaning of life.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 non-fiction novel by American writer Mitch Albom. It is an autobiographical account of the author. The camaraderie between the two men grows deeper with every passing week. The disease leaves the old man unable to move. He needs help for every activity but he never feels ashamed of it. He tells Mitch, “Learn how to die. You will learn how to live.” The final project is the center point of his life.
The description is simple and lucid yet very vivid. The reader would feel as if he is attending the class by himself. It is not a book packed lectures on philosophies of life. Instead, the philosophies of life are rendered in a subtle manner through Morrie’s aphorisms. It is a short book which is very coherent and comprehensive.
We have millions of books and articles that talk about love, death, fear, marriage and culture. But this book is clearly different from all the others. The main reason being it is a true story and speaks through experience. Every sentence in the book connected with me and kept me gripped all the way till the end. The manner in which Morrie addressed each problem has registered in my mind forever. The afterglow of the book has made me approach life in a different way.
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