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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751529814
ISBN-10: 0751529818
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 134mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » When Mitch Albom hears on television that his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, is dying of a neurological disease, he goes to visit him and ends up taking what he refers to as 'our last class' - the subject of this book. The professor embarks on a series of Tuesday studies, decanting the wisdom of his years for the benefit of Albom. Together, the pair talk about death, regrets, money, family, feeling sorry for yourself, marriage, culture and forgiveness. With little resort to feel-good phrases or soppy truisms, Albom presents the relationship through dialogue, in seminars and in 'audio-visual' excerpts which makes the sadness of his teacher's passing all the more poignant. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Award-winning sportswriter Albom was a student at Brandeis University, some two decades ago, of sociologist Morrie Schwartz. Here Albom recounts how, recently, as the old man was dying, he renewed his warm relationship with his revered mentor. This is the vivid record of the teacher's battle with muscle-wasting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Leu Gehrig's disease. The dying man, largely because of his life-affirming attitude toward his death-dealing illness, became a sort of thanatopic guru, and was the subject of three Ted Koppel interviews on Nightline. That was how the author first learned of Morrie's condition. Albom well fulfilled the age-old obligation to visit the sick. He calls his weekly visits to his teacher his last class, and the present book a term paper. The subject: The Meaning of Life. Unfortunately, but surely not surprisingly, those relying on this text will not actually learn The Meaning of Life here. Albom does not present a full transcript of the regular Tuesday talks. Rather, he expands a little on the professor's aphorisms, which are, to be sure, unassailable. "Love is the only rational act," Morrie said. "Love each other or perish," he warned, quoting Auden. Albom learned well the teaching that "death ends a life, not a relationship." The love between the old man and the younger one is manifest. This book, small and easily digested, stopping just short of the maudlin and the mawkish, is on the whole sincere, sentimental, and skillful. (The substantial costs of Morrie's last illness, Albom tells us, were partly defrayed by the publisher's advance). Place it under the heading "Inspirational." "Death," said Morrie, "is as natural as life. It's part of the deal we made." If that is so (and it's not a notion quickly gainsaid), this book could well have been called "The Art of the Deal." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is an internationally bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers and has sold over thirty-five million copies of his books in forty-five languages worldwide, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which is the bestselling memoir of all time. Albom also works as a columnist and broadcaster and has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

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