This little book is a gem. Inspirational and touching, it reminds the reader about the true meaning of life. It will make you reflect on what is really important in life. Morrie is a character who won't easily be forgotten. The ending will make you cry.
I read this book because I wanted to know what all the hubbub was about. Reading this book brought out many emotions. Morrie's message really got to me. It's never too late to let someone know that you love him or her. Be compassionate! I can't decide whether or not I thought this book was as good as so many people have claimed it was, but I can say that I was very touched by it, as I know many people were. This book brought me to tears. I understand its popularity now that I've read it.
Morrie Schwartz left an incredible gift for people everywhere in Tuesdays with Morrie. This book is the gem readers don't realize they are searching for as they trudge through mediocre works; the book that reminds us how powerful literature can be. Through the magic of words, Morrie's spirit lives on after his death. He gently reminds the reader that humans tend to become mired in material pursuits that never please us, but we don't realize this until it's too late.
Few books have ever brought me to tears, but as Morrie succumbed to his disease, I felt like I was losing a dear friend along with Albom. I was not a big fan of Albom's second release, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and had difficulty relating to the inner turmoil of the characters. Conversely, Morrie Schwartz inspired something in Albom that enabled him to create a treasure that truly commemorates a great man.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Before reading it I would not have thought you could learn about life and living through death and dying, but I would have been wrong. This book moved me and taught me much.
A powerful book--I'm puzzled by the other member who said it was too sentimental. I hate fiction where I feel like I'm being jerked around and made to cry, but this is the real deal. I think most people can learn a lot from this book about approaching the end of their life and the end of the lives of others by reading this book.
What a great book! It's a quick read, so it would be easy to dismiss it as being too simplistic, but it really contains some food for thought.
Especially near the beginning, I thought the author was being a little selfish, and that the book was more about him than Morrie, but I think that this was a great way to avoid this being a preachy book that said "You should do this", "You should do that", etc. You were seeing this through Mitch Albom's eyes and seeing how what Morrie said affected Albom and the way he lived.
This deserves being read every so often as a reality-check.
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A look at what happens when you face death. This sad story portrays a student visiting his professor every Tuesday later in life. The professor is withering away from ALS. Readers get a peak at someone dealing with the physical and mental complications of dying and how to face it. The story is written from the student's perspective, so one also gets an insight of how to deal with watching a loved one wither away and die.
A modern classic. A young journalist travels far to spend every Tuesday with Morrie, his former teacher, to help him die of Lou Gehrig's disease. Try not to drip tears on the pages....a lovely story of how life, no matter how sad, is still worth living, and how this remarkable man taught one more lesson as he moved along the path to his death.
When I heard about how great this book was, I was excited to read it. It taught a piece of wisdom per chapter, as I wanted, but I don't feel that it grabbed me as I expected. In fact, halfway through, I started to scam the pages instead of reading it word for word because it seemed to drag on slowly.
A great story about how much you are affected by those around you, even when you least expect it. I think everyone should read this little book. It reads easily and you want to keep reading to find out what is next. Couldn't put it down.
When someone you admire and love develops a dreaded disease what do you do? Perhaps, like Mitch, you have good intentions but don't get around to doing much because you are so busy. Eventually though, like Mitch, you take time to visit that friend and realize that you just must spend what time you can with this beloved individual before you have no more time left. So it goes with Mitch whose mentor and friend, Morrie, battles ALS. Morrie is just glad to see his former student who promised to keep in touch when he graduated.
This read has many messages not the least of which is it's never too late to find and old friend. It's never too late to apologize. It's never too late to renew an old friendship and spend some time with someone. From Morrie's viewpoint, one must live one's life to the best of one's ability whatever happens. It's a good read filled with emotion that makes the heart tremble.
Very moving. If you are looking for something to inspire you to slow down and live TODAY, this may just be the trick. Morrie was an inspiration, and Mitch did a fantastic job of capturing him for posterity.
This is a wonderful book for anyone caught up in their lives and not living the way they want to. Mitch Albom's professor taught him more than Sociology both in college and now in their weekly meetings. A quick read, I can't think of any age group that wouldn't enjoy this book.
This was required for my "Creating a Meaningful life" class at State. It was a perfect fit. Fast read, can easily finish in a few hours. Even if you read it chapter by chapter each one brings up a new point that allows you to relate it to your life or reconsider things that may be taken for granted. Everyone is my class enjoyed and book and several of us cried. It will open your eyes and i reccomend it highly reccomend it!
I had to read this book for a Human Services course but found it to be profound and had so much reality to the questions of life, death and how illness can people reflecting on these questions but when life is going well these questions arent even thought about.
What a wonderful book. I don't think that any other book has made me cry as hard as this one did. It's very touching and bittersweet and depressing and thought provoking. I am a little scared to read it again though, the last time my eyes were still red and puffy the next morning! I highly recommend this.
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I read this soon after graduating from college...the second time! LOL I wish I could have found a relationship with a mentor like this who could impart this kind of wisdom and teach me these kinds of lessons. I would recommend this book.
I ordered this book because it is on the summer reading list for my daughter. I picked it up to see what it was about and now I can't put it down. This book has a strong message about the way we live our lives, and also on true happiness, and death.
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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you soun 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 fsaded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, recieve wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch 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.
I...just...agh...JUST READ IT!! Morrie's life was so incredible and his views on life are so simple and so right that I'm often left wondering why everyone (myself included) doesn't live life like he did. It's a tearjerker at times, but so refreshing for the heart and soul.
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I loved this book. My neighbor left it in my bookshelf when she moved and I picked it up to read one night when I needed something to read. It was a complete jewel. It makes you appreciate life. I only wish I would have had a teacher such as Morrie.
Awesome read. I wish I could have known Morrie. Comparable to the Bucket List and figuring out what is important to you while you walk this Earth. Great read. Mitch is a great author, i also recommend 5 People you meet in heaven. A+
This is a quick read but one that touched my heart on many levels. Such simple truths and insights from a man who knew he would die a very slow and painful death - and never once let that influence his desire to give back to those he knew and loved. Well worth reading & rereading!
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I read this book several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking tale of how we look at life. I was delighted to be able to swap for this book for my 17 year old daughter for whom it is required reading in senior English! In my opinion, it should be required reading for all of us, young and old alike. It made me appreicate the life I have and gave me the ability to look with eyes of gratitiude at the world around me.
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I marked this here as a placeholder because, while I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it, I actually read now an online serialized book Albom wrote for the pandemic called The Human Touch. About four families, all neighbors, and how they made it through the pandemic. While in the early days there was fear and discrimination and illness and death, by the end everyone had come together in a new normal and were getting through. The message of course was that as Americans we can all join together to get through this time.
Wow, what an incredible story! So touching. The stuff of what life is really about. I was SO moved by Albom's narrative and the creative way he laid out the story of his relationship with his mentor professor in the last weeks of his life. Full of poignant moments, wisdom and humor. Recommend to everyone for so many reasons!
I don't know what all the fuss is about. I was assigned this book for a class that I was taking. I read it all in one sitting, so it is a very quick and easy read. The characters are all (yes, all) so selfish in different ways that I don't understand why this is viewed as a book filled with compassion and generosity. I did not like this book. I do not intend on reading any more of Mitch Albom's books. I don't like his writing style and I find him to be pompous and self-centered (all the while trying to convince us that he isn't).
Christine L. (chris6886) reviewed Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson on
THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING. I HAVE TO DISAGREE WTIH THE PREVIOUS PERSONS REVIEW. VERY MOVING, AND INSPIRATIONAL. MORRIE LEARNS TO "LIVE" BEFORE HE DIES. HE EVEN HAS A FUNERAL BEFORE HE DIES AND INVITES ALL OF HIS FRIENDS TO HAVE A HUGE PARTY AND HAPPY CELEBRATION. THIS IS A TRUE STORY. I CAN SEE MYSELF DO THE SAME THING AS MITCH DID IN MEETING A ILL PERSON AND GOING TO VISIT EVERY WEEK FOR WISDOM AND FRIENDSHIP. LOVED THIS BOOK AND WILL NEVER FORGET IT. AND I'VE ONLY READ IT ONCE SO FAR.
Tracy K. (Trace88) - reviewed Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson on
Tuesdays with Morrie I thought was a great book that was easy to read.I don't think anyone who reads this will walk away and not use soom of his advice. I would recommend this book for late teens to old age.
Such a good book... I remember having to read this in college and enjoyed it then even when I was having to study it. Having read it again for pure enjoyment, I can't help but be amazed by the lessons that a dying person can give. It made me remember my grandmother as she was passing and the life lessons that she bestowed upon me. Great book by another great author!
This was my first Mitch Albom book years ago and I have gone back and read it again. It is a story of death with dignity and what is important in life. Moving and genuine. A quick read with depth and insight.
A wonderful friendship between a old man losing his life and a young man who is there to listen and take-in everything that the old man wants to teach him. Morrie teaches what one goes through his disease but also how to look at the little things an appreciate them. This is an easy read book.
The book was meant to be inspiring and meant for people to realize what life should be about which is great however, I found Morrie's advice repetitive in the way the author wrote it. Not one of the best books I've ever read.
"People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are my heroes. I first read this book several years ago. I re-read it for a very personal reason. One of my jobs as a Nurse Care Manager is to coordinate our ALS Clinic. I am often asked for pertinent reading material, and I always recommend "Tuesdays with Morrie".
Morrie Schwartz is the kind of man we would all want to know. A professor who loves to teach and to learn. A man who has his act together so to speak. A kind, loving man with an approach to life that we learn is very particular and precise for him. He has lived his life according to his own philosophy. Mitch Albom, the author first met Morrie years ago while a student at Brandeis College in Massachusetts, and Morrie became his mentor. They lost touch as people do. Mitch saw Morrie on "Nightline" discussing how to live with ALS. Mitch knew instantly that he needed to see his old mentor again. Mitch was at loose ends, and he needed to reconnect with Morrie. Thus began the Tuesdays with Morrie- 14 of them, to be exact.
The Tuesdays spent with Morrie were filled with simple platitudes. How to live the life you really want. Morrie was an expert at this. He had developed a neuromuscular disease
called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. There is no cure, and there is no treatment. The plan is to assist people with ALS to live their lives with quality. Almost every person I have met with ALS lives their lives to the fullest. They don't hesitate; they realize they don't have time. This is how Morrie deals with ALS. He lives his life well through his dying. Morrie doesn't dwell on the dying aspect. He has a wonderful support system. He has a family, particularly his wife and friends. He shows his love and gratitude to them on a daily basis. He does not miss a beat. They talk about everything. Morrie does not spout new words of wisdom. He talks about living your life with simplicity and connecting with those you love. Words we should all live by, but in our busy worlds, we tend to forget. Morrie knows what he wants, and he wants to live at home, without all of the complicated, expensive equipment that would keep him breathing. He dies as simply as he lives. He has given his best to Mitch. A lesson for all of us. A simple book full of ways to live your life to the fullest. Who could want for more?"
I just finished this book and found myself lacking a good snappy review. There isn't more for me to say beyond the great reviews already given. The one thing I can say is, when you have finished reading this moving account of one man's acceptance of death and instruction for living, make sure to view the Koppel interviews. It's one thing to read the man's words. It's quite another to listen to them from his lips. I think his epitaph is spot on :o)
This book changed my appreciation in life, and reminded me to be grateful and appreciative of life and to live life to its fullest. Family and friends are much more important than material things we tend to focus on pursuing in our daily lives.
I really enjoyed this book as it washed over me like a trusted couselor. I empathized with the main character and as he did, feel in love with Morrie. It was a great life tune-up session. As you apply the life-lessons to yourself using self examination, you get almost as much out of Morrie as Mitch does. Thanks to Mitch Albom for sharing his "coach" with us.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most moving. Nothing in this book is a great leap in philosophy, it's merely a reminder of all the things we already know but have either forgotten or have taken for granted. This is a story for everyone: young; old; educated; non-educated; white collar; blue collar...it doesn't matter. It's not a story about being something...it's a story about just being.
It took only a few hours to read this little book, and yet it sends a message that is worth keeping forever. I suspect each person will glean different lessons from this book, but here are some of the messages that struck me:
- Ignoring death doesn't make it go away, but instead cuts off an opportunity to treasure our own lives and the lives of others. Often when an older person talks about their death, their children say, "Don't talk that way," as if talking about it causes death. By denying death, we make it harder for people to accept their mortality, and we miss the opportunity to allay others' fears about what will happen to their loved ones after they're gone.
- When we're with someone, we should be fully *there,* focusing on them, listening to them, and responding to them.
- Morrie allowed himself time to feel self-pity, fear, anger. He fully experienced those emotions so that he could know the feeling, and then move on, without letting it consume him. By denying our feelings, we let them control us; if we accept them, we are free to choose our response to them.
I plan to read this every so often, just to keep reminding myself what really matters and to value each day.
Mitch Albom gets a second chance to connect with a man he'd lost track of for many years--his old college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz. Unfortunately, Morrie is dying. However, their rekindled relationship allows Mitch to learn from his mentor once more, this time about life.
I was sent this book before I started my first semester at college. We were supposed to read it to go over in our comp class. I didn't really know what to expect from it, but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I think it took me 2 hours to read it from cover to cover.
I have read this book many times and I am still touched by it. I don't know what happened to my copy but I think it's about time for me to read it again.
Tuesdays with Morrie is one of those books that comes with a tremendous body of reviews, chatter, and hype riding along in its wake. People describe the book as life-changing and say that it drove them to tears. I didn't find it to be quite that moving or inspirational, but I will say that it was candid, concise, well-written, and thought-provoking.
I found that my cynical side spoke up from time to time (for example, Morrie more or less tells us that it's not the money that matters, but money is the thing that allowed him to spend his final days at home with abundant health care), but the book does prompt the reader to pause and consider how to spend his or her limited time on Earth.
A short read, but a good one. I can easily see myself grabbing this off the shelf once every year or two and becoming reacquainted with the lessons taught in Morrie's final class.
"A deeply moving account of courage and wisdom, shared by an inveterate mentor looking into the multitextured face of his own death...." (from back cover) This is a quiet meditation on learning how to live.