Summary: Morrie, a wise and caring old professor, finds himself with very little time to live after being diagnosed with ALS. Told from the perspective of Mitch, an unhappy workaholic looking for happiness in the wrong places who hears of his old professor Morrie’s condition and hesitantly goes to see him. Using the few weeks he has left, Morrie reconnects with Mitch and tries to pass on his life’s wisdom before he dies. As the two became closer and closer friends, Mitch is able to accept Morrie’s state, overcome certain social “boundaries” and come to love Morrie’s personality even more than he did during his college years. The two delve into a wide range of deep topics through recorded discussions, during their Tuesday talk sessions.
Evaluation: I really enjoyed reading “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom. While the writing itself is clean and simple, the topics and content discussed are very real and pertinent in all of our lives. It is packed full of useful wisdom that covered a wide range of themes, so that there is some helpful piece of advice for all readers. My only critique would be how many of the chapters are structured in a very similar fashion, but the importance of the life lessons discussed within said chapters, easily nullifies the uniform structure. I love this book and recommend it to all those wanting to gain advice from an elderly man who is wise and lived well.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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The true story, Tuesdays With Morrie, takes place in 1997. The author, Mitch Albom records his old professor’s wisdom using cassette tapes. After not not seeing his professor since college, 37 year old Mitch re encounters his old professor, Morrie. Soon begins a tradition of meeting together on Tuesdays where the two friends discuss the different aspects of life. Morrie, who is diagnosed with AlS (the same disease that Steven Hawking has) has limited time with Mitch and his other loved ones. And as the friends spend more time together, Morrie finally teaches Mitch his last lesson, how to let go.
This book is powerful. Although the language is rather simple, it doesn’t decrease the value of this story. Sometimes I’d rather read a good story that holds just as much meaning as a book where half of the words are indecipherable. Mitch Albom’s style and syntax start out as clear and informative, but as his bond with with Morrie becomes tighter, much more emotion can be found in his sentences. Although Morrie isn’t a saint and he doesn’t claim to be he is someone who inspires people to become their best self.
Rating; 4 stars
Recommendations: Wish You Well, A Difficult Boy, The Fences Between Us
Tuesdays with Morrie is a book about an incredibly insightful and spiritual college professor with ALS, named Morrie Schwartz. The book is written from the point of view of one of his college students, Mitch Albom, who had become increasingly close to his professor throughout his years taking Morrie’s sociology class. Many years after Mitch had graduated and had long lost touch with Morrie, he heard about Morrie’s illness and decided to go and visit him. As Morrie’s disease got worse and worse, Mitch and him started meeting every Tuesday, and they talked about morals, values, life and death, and how to have a better outlook on life in general.
This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Morrie and Mitch’s conversations are very inspiring and really make you think about your own values and beliefs. Morrie talks about how materialism and superficial values won’t truly make you happy, and how in order to live your life to the fullest you need to value relationships, friends and family, and things that actually matter rather than materialistic things. I really connected with this book and will probably re-read it many times after this; I think anyone who reads this book will benefit greatly from it.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommendations: Love, Freedom, and Aloneness by Osho The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Learning to Silence the Mind by Osho
Summary: Tuedays with Morrie , by Mitch Albom, is a true story about a man’s teacher at a college that Mitch used to attend. Mitch and Morrie build a very strong friendship. Near the end Mitch flys out to Morrie’s house every Tuesday, so they can talk about the meanning of like and things that apply to it. Morrie was a teacher until the end.
Commentary: I really enjoyed reading Tuesdays with Morrie. Mitch Albom is a very creative writer. He has a way of making someone feel like they are acually there with them. I also liked the idea of it being a true story. This is definitely a great book.
Mitch is a young man who is living an unfufilled, rushed, and scattered life. This all changes when he accidentally flips to a channel and sees his old proffessor Morrie Swortz, on TV, being interviewed about his fatal disease. Mitch is stunned and takes the next plane over to see his long lost friend. For the next few months, Mitch and Morrie hold weekly conversations about love, family, values, death, and how to make the most of your life. Over these many meetings, they grew closer than ever, and both of their lives changed unimaginably.
Evaluation: Tuesdays with Morrie is a life changing book. As the characters go through many different emotions, you really feel like you’re right there with them, feeling their pain, their joy, their sorrow, and everything in between. You really learn a lot about life, death, and how to accept your undeniable fate.
Summary: A young man, named Mitch Albom, works as a sports news reporter and is very distracted with what’s going on in his life due to his job and his frequently used cell phone. He’s had almost no time with his girl friend, and one day, while surfing the television channels, he notices his old professor from when he was back in college. He finds out that his professor, Morrie (Coach), has ALS and is now destined for death. Mitch decides to go and take a visit one Tuesday, and they talk about what has been going on recently. They end up being “Tuesday People” and meeting Tuesdays, and Morrie teaches his last lesson to Mitch about the importance of life, death, love, and happiness before he ends his own journey.
Evaluation: I enjoyed reading Tuesdays with Morrie very much. It has been written quite well and is a great lesson to learn about. There are many great quotes about life, death, and motivations and questions and thoughts pop up throughout the story. This keeps you thinking throughout the book about your own life and how you’re leading it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Recommendations: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Sean Covery), Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
Summary: Start off with Mitch, a man in his 30’s who came back to visit his favorite professor, Morrie, who has fallen ill with ALS. They began to talk about essential concepts in life, and Mitch absorbs it like a student he was. The book contained many moral lessons and basically a guide to happiness.
Evaluation: I really like this book, it reminds me some of the important things that would lead to a good life. Depressed people should read this, since it most likely gives you a purpose in life.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommendations: Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
Summary: Tuesdays with Morrie is a heartfelt true story about life, love, and loss. It begins with Mitch as a college graduating student saying goodbye to his favorite professor Morrie. It then skips to to the present, where you discover that Morrie has ALS- a disease that attacks the nervous system. Then begins a story of the meaning of friendship and the obstacles in life that keep a person from truly discovering who they really are before they wither away.
Evaluation: I felt that Tuesdays with Morrie is a really great life lesson and an easy read. Some parts could be somewhat boring because nothing really happens, but if you think deeply about it, you truly understand the lessons that Mitch and Morrie were trying to get across.
Summary: Mitch Albom graduated college with a close relationship with his professor Morrie Schwartz. But, after promising to keep in touch, Mitch falls into a workaholic pattern and forgets all about his favorite college professor. That is, until he sees him on TV, dying of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch contacts Morrie and they begin to have weekly Tuesday meetings, calling themselves “Tuesday people.” Mitch realizes again why he loved Morrie so much as a professor and human being, and Morrie teaches Mitch many lessons on life, love, and death.
Evaluation: Tuesdays with Morrie was a very enjoyable book, and even though it wasn’t full of action still kept me hooked and interested. Albom uses his talent of writing to make the reader feel as if they themselves were hearing these lessons from Morrie. This book went further than the page and touched and changed the lives of many people, full of great life lessons and advice, as well as a wonderful story, Tuesdays with Morrie is a book I would highly recommend to any reader.
Summary: A man, named Mitch, had a close relationship with his professor in college, and when he graduated, he promised to keep in touch with Morrie. He never did, and 16 years later Morrie got a fatal disease that slowly takes over the body. Mitch feels bad for not keeping in touch, and when he sees Morrie on the TV, he decides to visit. When he does he starts to come every Tuesday. Morrie, being a very inspirational person to others, stayed positive about his slow death the whole time, affecting and touching all kinds of people everywhere.
Evaluation: I really enjoyed this book, and he really points out the little things in life that make a big difference. He tells people little ways to be happy and just have a different on outlook in life.
Summary: When Mitch learns his old college professor and friend, Morrie, is dying of an incurable disease, he flys out to see him. They were good friends, having class together every Tuesday and finding a connection between them. Beginning to talk, they fell back into their old pattern and met every Tuesday until Morrie’s death. Some of the things they talked about were marriage, death, life, family, and everything in between.
Evaluation: This was a very good book, and it didn’t bore me despite the fact that it’s based on meetings between two people. I really enjoyed it though some large ideas were discussed, it challenged my thinking without being difficult to read. The characters-real people- are easy to connect with as their great story is told.
Rating: Five stars
Recommendation: The Soloist, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (David Sedaris)
Summary: Mitch’s old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, became the most unique and influential man to ever touch his life. Mitch promises to keep in touch after graduation but instead becomes caught up with his life and never does keep his promise. Then, one day when Mitch hears that Morrie is dying of ALS, he makes his way out to see him. They discuss many topics but, most importantly, how to handle life and death. This novel gives much advice and prudence on thoughts about how to really live.
Evaluation: This book gave me many new perspectives and is a very well-written book. Morrie is a very insightful person that definitely knew how to live in a way I would like to learn to live.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommendations: Grayson, Juliet, The Last Lecture