Honestly speaking, I was scared to read Tuesdays with Morrie. I knew the subject and I also knew that the book is good but somehow I was scared to touch it. I wasn’t sure if I have the courage to read a book about a dying man and not feel bad about it or pity him. Don’t be in any illusion, we are reading about Death here.
The book is the author Mitch Albom last thesis as he would like to call it as with his favorite professor Morrie Schwartz. Morrie, an ardent lover of dance, is a doctor of sociology at Brandeis University in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. Mitch is an hot shot sports columnist with Detroit free press and has a life going as he wished it to be, money, fame, a lovely house and a supporting wife. A life where he couldn’t have asked for more. Even though, Mitch is an accomplished individual as he thrived himself to be, a part of him always felt discontent. There was something he was lacking in, something didn’t feel right to him.
In a quest to be a successful and dominate the world, Mitch was on a self imposed pedestal. He was missing out on family, he was missing out on friends and he never had time for his hobbies and dreams. Until one day, while flipping through television channels, he heard the voice of his long lost professor, Morrie Schwartz. He was being interviewed by the famous television host Ted koppel for the show Nightline. Morrie being a professor his entire career, decided to do a final thesis on his own life. Morrie was dying, he was diagnosed with ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and doctors had given him maximum of two years to live. He knew his time was less, much less.
Mitch had to meet Morrie, his favorite professor and someone who taught him much more about life with his words and wisdom. His classes that Mitch had always looked forward to, made him nostalgic and guilty of not keeping in touch with Morrie.
When we all seem to fear death and loath the idea of being sick and dependent on our loved ones and others, Morrie embraced it with all his heart. He decided to accept his faith, his destiny that its time for him to go. Instead of being sad about it and die crying, Morrie decided to enjoy the process of dying?
How often we find people enjoying or trying to enjoy their death? Not often. Death is that one phenomenon in life that even the strongest person is scared off. but not Morrie; even though he losses his confidence once in a while and is shaken with the whole process, he simply refuses to give up, give up in front of death.
Keep a box of tissues next to you if you are reading this book. You will not cry because you are sad; you will cry to see this man saying his good byes with the biggest smile on his face.
Age recommended: 16 and above.
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