A few months ago I joined a book club here in my hometown. The latest book that we read was Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Here is my review on the book.
My thoughts about the book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Easy to read
- Quick read
- Thought provoking
- Keep the tissues handy
- Suitable for men or women
- Ideal for 20+ audience
I found the book easy to read. I also liked how the chapters were laid out in such a way that I could put the book down after each chapter, but I was eager to pick it up and read again the following night. Each chapter ended in such a way that I was encouraged to stop and think about what I had just read.
At the end of the book I cried. It was a sad, but expected, ending. I read parts of it out loud and Mark has asked me to buy him the hard-copy for Fathers Day. He intends to read it from start to finish, and Mark doesn’t read as regularly as I do. For this reason, I recommend the book for both men and women.
I also recommend this book for people over the age of 20 who have been working and paying their own bills for a while. There isn’t any content that is unsuitable for a younger audience, but a person needs a certain amount of life experience to really appreciate the full story.
The basic plot of Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom
The book is a non-fiction, biographical, philosophical novel. You could call it a memoir of the life of Morrie Swartz, written by Mitch Albom (his student).
Mitch Albom had a sociology professor in college named Morrie Swartz. Morrie was Mitch’s favourite professor and they often would spend time together on the campus talking, walking and eating. After college, as in most cases in life, Mitch didn’t stay in touch with Morrie.
Mitch found himself being swept away in the hustle and bustle of the world outside of college, and eventually became a sports journalist. He chased money, possessions and other things in life that we often find ourselves chasing.
One evening, while watching TV, he saw an interview with his old professor Morrie Swartz. Morrie was dying of ALS. Mitch looks Morrie up and they continue their Tuesday visits until Morrie’s death.
The book details their discussions during these Tuesday visits and takes a look at Morrie’s deteriorating condition as the illness slowly takes him.
Personal reflection after reading the book
As I read the book, it touched my heart quite a bit. My grandmother (Mona Langhein) died of Motor Neuron Disease when I was about 12 years old. She experienced similar symptoms to what Morrie went through in the book. In many ways, I wish that my grandmother could have read the book while she was still alive as I think it would have been a comfort to her.
Favourite Quotes from Tuesdays with Morrie
I am every age, up to my own.
I must say that statement Morrie made was my favourite one in the whole book. There were many good quotes, but that is the one that resonates with me the most. I completely understand how a person can feel every age that they have experienced. There are times I feel like a child, other times I feel like a teenager and still other times I feel like a 20-something still. Since turning 30, I have started feeling like a 30-year-old.
“Still,” he said, “there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike. And the biggest one of those values, Mitch? Your belief in the importance of your marriage.”
Since Mark and I got married, I look around at various other marriages and relationships and I notice how different we seem to be. Mark and I truly are each other’s best friends. There is nothing we don’t share with each other. Sometimes it takes a little longer to come to the surface than other times, but when we are prepared to share our thoughts, we always seem to share those thoughts with each other first.
I think that because we are able to communicate with each other so well, and because we both hold the same values regarding the importance of our marriage, that we truly have a fairy-tale romance. As Mark says, “We’re like Jack and Sally”. Personally, I feel we are more like Morticia and Gomez Addams without being Goth!
Final thoughts on Tuesdays with Morrie
My final thought on the book is that this is definitely one of the most important books for a person to read before they die. I also believe that it is important to read this book if you have been caught in the rat race and are questioning the point of life. I am pretty sure that I will re-read this book again sometime in the future.
Have your read Tuesdays with Morrie? What were your thoughts on this book?
Book club read for June: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Our book club is going to be reading “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the month of June 2016. Want to read along with us?