"Learn how to die and learn how to live"- Morrie Schwartz
Imagine yourself near your favorite teacher, attentively listening to his lecture, learning how lo live life through his nearing death. Imagine the flashing back of memories, the admiration and the heartbreak. Imagine an old man, a young man and life's greatest lesson.
This is what Mitch Albom successfully showed in one of America's bestselling novels entitled Tuesdays with Morrie- a story of student- teacher friendship, beliefs, dignity and heroism.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a realistic novel, remarkably deep but easy to understand. Albom's journalistic writing made the entire work simple and very appealing, making the readers deeply involved with lives of Albom and Schwartz.
"You should be with the person you're with."
Nevertheless, Albom had wonderfully exhibited the value of life and appreciation through Morrie's character. On the scene where Mitch is talking to Morrie, Morrie taught the value of being fully present with a person. He shared to the readers the wonders of seeing and thinking only the person you're with.
Aside from its moral and emotional value, Tuesdays with Morrie also appeals to the reader's imagination and intellect. The constant mentioning of hibiscus in Morrie's home gives the reader the idea of how days slid past Morrie.
On the other hand, if there's a part where Albom didn't succeed much, it would be most probably be in Albom's self struggle. The novel had been more centered on Morrie's bravery and heroism, paying less attention to Albom's inner feelings.
"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
Overall, Tuesdays with Morrie is a novel worth reading. Although the final outcome is visible from the start, it keeps its readers guessing of the next event. It is a story that involves the readers into the never ending search of man for his purpose.
It is a story that moves thousands of people.
"love wins... Love always wins.."