Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch Albom

Summary

Tuesdays With Morrie is based on true events that happened to the author, Mitch Albom. The book starts when Mitch is at his 1979 college graduation and is saying goodbye to everyone particularly, his sociology professor Morris Schwartz, Morrie for short. Mitch had left high school and went to college a year in advance. He then created a special bond with Morrie and took every one of his classes at Brandeis University in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. When saying goodbye to Morrie at the end of the graduation ceremony, Mitch made a promise to keep in touch with Morrie. He didn't keep this promise. Mitch, an aspiring musician, lost touch with just about everyone he knew from college, Morrie included. When his dream of being a famous musician failed, Mitch returned to college and got his master’s degree in journalism and took the first job offered as a sports writer. Mitch traveled for a while with his job until settling down in Detroit. For the next sixteen years, Mitch lived in Detroit and traveled some with his job. His life continued on as normal until one evening when he turned on his television and heard “Who is Morrie Schwartz?” Morrie was on the show “Nightline”, where he was being interviewed about his new ideas on life. Morrie had been diagnosed, a year before the television program aired, with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It’s a disease that attacks the neurological system and is not curable. “ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax.” Accepting the fact that he was near his death, Morrie decided to share his ideas with everyone. Mitch couldn’t believe what he saw and after the show played on Friday, Mitch was visiting with his favorite college professor on the next Tuesday. Every Tuesday for the next thirteen weeks, Mitch and Morrie meet. They chose to meet on Tuesdays because, according to Morrie, they were Tuesday people. When the two of them would meet, they would discuss life lessons. Some of the subjects being about feeling sorry for yourself, regrets, death, emotions, the fear of aging, forgiveness, and the perfect day. As the weeks go by Morrie’s ALS takes over his body and he struggles to breath and even move, but he continues his lessons until he is no longer able to.

Review

Tuesdays With Morrie is a great book! I wouldn't recomend this book to everyone because it can be a tear jerker. But, Mitch Albom does a wonderful job of writting about his time with Morrie.

Characters

There are two main characters in the book. One being the author, Mitch Albom. Mitch wanted to be a famous musician when he first graduated from college. When he did not achieve his goal of becoming famous, he returned to college gaining a master's in journalism and becoming a sports writer. After he graduated he failed to keep in touch with the other main character Morrie Shwartz. When the characters meet up once again, Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS. Mitch feels very guilty for not keeping in touch with Morrie. As the book goes on, and the meetings between Mitch and Morrie continue, Mitch remembers how is college proffesor used to be. Morrie was very active and wise. When Morrie's ALS spread it took away his activeness, but it did not take away his wiseness. He continued to share his wise pieces of advice with Mitch. At one of the last meetings of Mitch and Morrie, Morrie reveals that he loved Mitch like a son. This made a lasting impression on Mitch.