I found this book quite enjoyable overall. It tells of a man, Eddie, who gains, after death, the opportunity to understand his life. He comes to terms...moreI found this book quite enjoyable overall. It tells of a man, Eddie, who gains, after death, the opportunity to understand his life. He comes to terms with his past, gains peaces and wisdom, and, although he felt unloved for much of his life, he discovers the tremendous meaning and impact that his life has had on others.
While I recognize that this is just a story--a parable, if you will--I still did not care for certain aspects of the story. Some of the material that was supposed to be comforting came off, at least to me, as depressing. Even so, it is a very entertaining read. Powerful and deeply moving in some places, lighthearted and amusing in others, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a story of love, of joy, and of hope. More than that, it is a celebration of life.(less)
Surprisingly wonderful. This book features a strong story -- powerful and emotional -- and strong characters. Lincoln is very well-developed as a char...moreSurprisingly wonderful. This book features a strong story -- powerful and emotional -- and strong characters. Lincoln is very well-developed as a character, and I was happy to see this book describe not just his political struggles, but also the tragedies in his personal life. A different main character, Henry, who is complete fiction, is nuanced and carefully written. Most importantly, this alternate-history novel approaches the real history and real Lincoln with reverence. Generally, this novel is a rewrite of history with the premise "What if vampires existed and had been involved in Lincoln's life and American politics?" I was surprised at the level of detail and the historical accuracy (which, for the most part, is sound). Best of all, although this novel seamlessly blends history with the fantasy of vampires, it also suggests that Abraham Lincoln, the true-life nonvampire-hunter Lincoln, was also heroic, hard-working, and worthy of every accolade and honor that his memory has received.(less)