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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
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Oct 30, 07


This was a fabulous book. The theme sounds a bit hokey, but it is pulled off remarkably well. The author paints a portrait of a character who is by no means perfect. But we understand his demons, and the reasons for his behavior, and can accept him for who he is, faults and all. And the book is somewhat inspirational in how it makes meaning of life; even if I don't believe the theology being described (and I doubt the author does either) the deeper lessons ring true to me. There are a number of interesting ideas and clever themes, and the writing is simply fantastic.

By sheer coincidence I read this on the same day as I finished Saul Bellow's Ravelstein - also a plotless portrait of a character. This one is considerably better done, in my mind. Which is impressive given that Bellow one the Nobel Prize in literature. I was also very impressed by Tuesdays with Morrie, and two masterpieces out of two tries puts this author on my 'to read' list...
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