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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson

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By (author) Mitch Albom

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0751529818
  • ISBN 13: 9780751529814
  • Sales rank: 1,438

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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

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Mitch Albom writes for the DETROIT FREE PRESS, and has been voted America's No. 1 sports columnist ten times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. A former professional musician, he hosts a daily radio show on WJR in Detroit.

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By Carmel Vassallo 16 Oct 2011 5

What an amazing book to read. This is a great book of lessons and eye opening events. Its a must for anyone to read. It teaches you to live rather then die and waste time in your life.

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A beautifully written book of great clarity and wisdom that lovingly captures the simplicity beyond life's complexities M Scott Peck, author of THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED. This is a true story that shines and leaves you forever warmed by its afterglow Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB A moving tribute to embracing life. GLASGOW HERALD Albom is naturally a colourful writer... Morrie Schwartz stands out as inspiring. IRELAND SUNDAY TRIBUNE

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Award-winning sportswriter Albom was a student at Brandeis University, some two decades ago, of sociologist Morrie Schwartz. Here Albom recounts how, recently, as the old man was dying, he renewed his warm relationship with his revered mentor. This is the vivid record of the teacher's battle with muscle-wasting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Leu Gehrig's disease. The dying man, largely because of his life-affirming attitude toward his death-dealing illness, became a sort of thanatopic guru, and was the subject of three Ted Koppel interviews on Nightline. That was how the author first learned of Morrie's condition. Albom well fulfilled the age-old obligation to visit the sick. He calls his weekly visits to his teacher his last class, and the present book a term paper. The subject: The Meaning of Life. Unfortunately, but surely not surprisingly, those relying on this text will not actually learn The Meaning of Life here. Albom does not present a full transcript of the regular Tuesday talks. Rather, he expands a little on the professor's aphorisms, which are, to be sure, unassailable. "Love is the only rational act," Morrie said. "Love each other or perish," he warned, quoting Auden. Albom learned well the teaching that "death ends a life, not a relationship." The love between the old man and the younger one is manifest. This book, small and easily digested, stopping just short of the maudlin and the mawkish, is on the whole sincere, sentimental, and skillful. (The substantial costs of Morrie's last illness, Albom tells us, were partly defrayed by the publisher's advance). Place it under the heading "Inspirational." "Death," said Morrie, "is as natural as life. It's part of the deal we made." If that is so (and it's not a notion quickly gainsaid), this book could well have been called "The Art of the Deal." (Kirkus Reviews)