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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
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Jan 30, 2012

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In Mitch Albom's novel, "Tuesdays with Morrie", the topic of life and death is the main motif of the whole narration. The main idea or theme of this story is to portray how fragile one's life is, and to express how precious it is and not to take it for granted. Before Mitch Albom had been visiting with Morrie every Tuesday, he was living a robotic life that was not healthy for him or his family. Morrie showed Mitch that life can take unexpected turns, so you had to live and the moment and love those around you. Although Mitch was caught up in his work before, he takes Morrie's wise advice, and by the end of the book had taken up a new life full of peace, love and kindness.

While reminiscing of his graduation from Brandeis University in Newton, Massachusetts, Mitch Albom recalls of a special man. This man helped him not only with his schoolwork, but also with the problems he faced throughout his four years at college. This man was Morrie Schwartz, Mitch's favorite professor. One day at his home in Detroit, Mitch was doing nothing besides surfing the channels on his television when he heard the words, "who is Morrie Schwartz?" After hearing that sentence, a switch had turned on in Mitch's head telling him to track down his old college professor and catch up with him. Many dissappointing phone calls were made, and Mitch was about to give up his search when finally he got a call from the television special which he heard his name from. Even though Mitch and Morrie talked on the phone, he still felt insatiable, so he decided to take the 107 flight from Detroit to his hometown in Newton, MA, where he would go to the home of his old professor, Morrie. Every Tuesday, Morrie would act as Mitch's professor again after 16 years. Each class Morrie had on Tuesday took place after breakfast, near a window in his house. The subject was the meaning of life, taught from experience. No grades were given, but every week you were expected to respond to questions, with a kiss on the cheek being extra credit. The topics consisted of love, community, family, aging, work, forgiveness and death. The only student was Mitch. After fourteen special Tuesdays, it came time for Morrie and Mitch to say goodbye once again. The very last Tuesday had finally come. Mitch entered Morrie's room teary-eyed and held his hand. They shared their farewells and a tear rolled down both of their cheeks. On a Saturday morning, Morrie stopped breathing while in a comma. No one was in the room, and Mitch felt as though Morrie liked it like this, so no one would have any haunting memories. Morrie got burried where he wished, on a hill over looking a pond. The funeral took place on a Tuesday, and Mitch knew Morrie was watching over him now.

Although I found this memoir to be somewhat depressing, the whole concept of how fast your life could be taken from you was pointed out to me after reading it. I enjoyed this novel very much because it expresses to the audience reading that you should not live an atrophied life because you only live once, and you have no idea when your life will be snatched from you. This book was all the more interesting to me because it talks about an after life of heaven, and how God is on your side, which I have faith in. Some people could find this book to be religious, but Mitch only speaks of God and heaven because he is a Catholic and those are his beliefs. I would recommend this book to everyone I know because I feel like in order to live a happy and healthy life full of peace and love, you should truley grasp the concept of how precious life is, and your whole tenor of your life will be changed. You don't need to be Catholic or Christian or anything else to get touched by this book, even an Atheist will shed a tear after reading it.
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message 1: by David (new)

David Ambrose A. Good details and good opinion in that final paragraph. Nice review.

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