This is a sappy book about life's lessons given by a dying man. The book is divided into chapters with each chapter containing a life lesson. Flashbac...moreThis is a sappy book about life's lessons given by a dying man. The book is divided into chapters with each chapter containing a life lesson. Flashbacks are interwoven between the chapters to tell readers about the author's life and who Morrie was 20 years ago.
I am frustrated with this book due to a number of reasons.
The potential to explore issues about life, perspective and mortality has unfortunately been bypassed for a sentimental piece about a quirky dying man. Rousing pity and sympathy for Morrie seem to be the aim of each chapter. His illness takes precedence over everything else when it shouldn't be.
I suspect that Morrie had acquired much of the wisdom through the life that he led. He had a good coping mechanism and resilience which set him up to face the disease with humility. The flashbacks illustrate this attitude to life.
The importance of the illness is that it had given Morrie a new perspective on life. However, the majority of life's lessons are things that a person learns through many events in life, not just through an illness.
I'd like to know who Morrie was without the disease. How had he been changed by the disease? Had he been changed? Would there be a book about this interesting man if he wasn't sick? These could be addressed by the book, but they never were.
In addition, the structure of the book leaves the lessons difficult to absorb. The chapters spell out the life's lessons much like a teacher dictating what the students have to memorise before a test. The lessons remain distant. I realise the innate wisdom of the lessons, but cannot understand nor be touched by them.
I wish the author had written more about his and Morrie's life and let the lessons reveal themselves instead of spelling them out to the readers.
Another issue is that the life's lessons are by no means original and can be found in any other self-help book.
I guess the best thing about the book is Morrie himself. He was an unorthodox character and I'm definitely copying down some of the things he said. He also had a sense of humour about his condition and life in general. This is a lesson that I would try to implement in my own life. (less)