Book review of Tuesdays with Morrie

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The novel Tuesdays with Morrie brought up many interesting feelings and new ideals on the bereavement of death and dying. This short book shows us many things. One of the most important is how to live life and love people. It also teaches us that each day should be lived to the fullest, regardless of the situation. This true story captures the compassion and wisdom of a man who only knew good in his heart.

There are many different background questions approached in this book. Mitch Albom covers a lot of material on a few short and sweet pages. I think the main question that the book asks is how to live life. The author shows his life in hectic panic as he as been hurt everywhere except work, therefore he devotes all his time to his work until he sees an old college professor and mentor on Ted Kaupel, and he rethinks his adult philosophy.

Mitch visits his college mentor, who has fallen ill with Lou Gehrig's disease, and it becomes a weekly visit and the last class the retired professor teaches before he died. When Mitch visits his teacher he was unprepared for what the dying man was about to teach him. Unknown to Mitch his "coach" was about to prime him on his greatest life lesson. The last fourteen weeks of Morrie's life Mitch met with him every Tuesday to learn and understand all the wisdoms of life that were in Morrie. The weekly routine consisted of lunch and lecture. Even when Morrie could no longer eat the food that Mitch brought, Mitch continued to bring it. Mitch Albom attended many classes taught by Morrie Schwartz during his years at Brandeis University, but he does not attempt to learn the meaning of life until he is in...