How’s the holiday season treating yáll? I’m secretly keeping a tab on the discounts on kindle books. Come on, it’s holiday season! One can’t have enough books to begin with!
Today I’m gonna review one of my favorite books (Yes, I have a lot of “favorite” books!). Like I have mentioned in one of my other posts, I am not a huge fan of self-help books or the books which preach a lot. But sometimes, out of a nowhere, one such book comes and changes some part of me..for good.. forever. And today, I will talk about one such book.
Name of the book: Tuesdays With Morrie
Non-fiction, Philosophy, Memoir, Biography
Not Applicable. Although, it’s about a Professor named Morris Schwartz and his student Mitch Albom.
What is Tuesdays With Morrie about?
An old professor who is terminally ill, his young ex-student and lessons of life.
Morris Schwartz was a sociology professor at Brandeis University. His student, Mitch Albom, meets him after 16 years of college once he becomes aware that his professor is suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). They start meeting every Tuesday, just like in college and Morrie calls it “their final thesis”. Every week they tackle a well-known topic/problem that the current generation faces. Mitch goes on to record each and every class and becomes the author of the “thesis” to spread Morrie’s words to the world. And thus, this final thesis becomes Tuesdays With Morrie.
What did I enjoy in Tuesdays With Morrie?
I loved the strong teacher-student bond and the love they have for each other. I love the fact that Morrie faces death as if it were another phase of his life with serenity and ultimate acceptance. According to him, death is, after all, the next step. One shouldn’t worry about death so much that he/she forgets to live the present. He also quotes his favorite “Love each other or perish” several times. And I have become a fan of his “aphorisms”.
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins”
“Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.”
“Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it.”
What did I not like in Tuesdays With Morrie?
There is not a thing that I did not like in this book. I’m not exaggerating! I loved it. It’s hard to believe that Mitch, who apparently is NOT a, in his own words, touchy-feely guy, wrote this book. The love, care and respect he has for his professor does not fail to reach out to your hearts through this memoir.
Who would love Tuesdays With Morrie?
Anyone who has (or wants to have) a positive outlook towards life and wants to lead a happy one. This would make a wonderful gift to someone who likes reading.
Who would not?
Well, someone who is already living life the Morrie’s way!
Would I recommend Tuesdays With Morrie?
Yes, to everyone. I recommend this book to everyone out there, even if you are the happiest person, even if you are the most positive-minded person world has ever seen. I’m sure all of us need a little more appreciating quality in our lives. The books teaches us in a very beautiful way, to see the world with a simple pair of eyes, less ambitions and more love.
You never know what’s awaiting at the end of this book. May be a whole another YOU?
Rating (Out of 5)
Where did I buy the book from?
I read the book in my Kindle and you can buy the same from here.
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