i finished this book over the weekend, mitch albom’s tuesday’s with morrie. i know that the movie showed over hallmark a coupla weeks back and i was sorely refraining myself from watching the movie because i wanted to read the book first. i know that hallmark does a good rendition of these sorta stories, but nothing really beats the book version of things.
this book is comparable to mitch’s following book, the five people you meet in heaven. both books talk about death and how it is not something to be fearful about. in fact, the theme of both books is really about the celebration of debath, and in realising that debat is a celebration, life becomes a celebration. the book is not gloomy or dark or anything. the stories are bright and cheerful.
tuesdays with morrie highlights that person in the writer’s life who played mentor to his inner, spiritual self: his college professor. the book cronicles the last few months of the professor’s life in the form of discussions the writer held with him once a week. the discussion ranged from love to the meaning of life, family, regrets, forgiveness etc.
it makes one think; if i knew that i was going to die in just a coupla weeks, and if i knew that it would be through a gradual decay of my body which will render me helpless and dependent onto people through my last few days, if i knew that the death would be through increasing suffering… what would i do?
in morrie’s response:
he would make death his final project, the center point of his days. Since everyone was going to die, he could be of great value, right? He could be research. A human textbook. Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me.
Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip.
and that is what the book is all about.
i personally found the book more of a self-help book than a story. i had expected the writer to be more involved in the story. i was interested in his life and how he responded to the professor’s project. that aside, the professor’s story is just fascinating. it is a story of bravery, one which a lot of us could reflect upon.
at one point of the story, the writer asks the professor how he would spend his last day, if he was healthy again for just one day. the professor’s narration of what he would do was so simple, that even the writer was blown away. but that is the whole point. there are so many little things that we forget to appreciate while we are alive, let alone the bigger things that we just simply ignore, like death.
a recommended read, for the realisation of it.