Tuesdays with Morrie

By: Mitch Albom

Summary

Tuesdays with Morrie is a true story about sportswriter Mitch Albom and his favorite college professor Morrie Schwartz. After taking all of Morrie's classes and graduating from Brandeis University Mitch makes a promise to stay in touch with Morrie. Sixteen years pass and in the meantime Mitch struggles pursuing his music career and becomes a sportswriter. One night while watching TV he comes across a familiar voice. It is Morrie on the show "Nightline" and he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs disease. Mitch recognizing the fact he did not keep his promise to Morrie. Now stricken with ALS, Morrie does not have much time left, and Mitch recognizes this fact. He travels from Michigan to Massachusetts to meet with him. This meeting goes well and affects Mitch and Morrie so much that they meet for the next fourteen consecutive Tuesdays, up until Morrie passes away. During each of these meetings, they discuss a different topic about life. These topics make up the content of the book and include death, love, culture, marriage, regret and the world we live in, among many others.

Review

After reading this book it made me ponder and think about my own life and how I am living it. This book will make the reader feel many emotions ranging from happiness all the way to sadness. This book really makes you think about how precious life is and living it the way you want to is the only way you will be happy.


Characters

Major Characters
  • Mitch Albom - Mitch is the author of the book, who tells the story of his meetings with Morrie. Mitch was a student of Morrie's, who promised to keep in touch following his college graduation. However, life happened and Mitch and Morrie lost touch. Mitch becomes a sports journalist in Detroit. After seeing his old professor years later on an ABC show, Mitch reconnects with Morrie. The two pledge to meet every Tuesday, where Mitch records the lessons he learns from his professor, years after getting his diploma.
  • Morrie Schwartz - Morrie is a Sociology professor at Brandeis University. He connects with one former student (Mitch Albom) and during the end of his life, as he battles ALS, meets with him every Tuesday to discuss many of life's topics. These Tuesday meetings become Morrie's final lesson.

Minor Characters

  • Ted Koppel - Ted Koppel is a famous television newsman. He interviews Morrie three times for the “ABC's Nightline” show. He eventually describes Morrie as his friend and is almost in tears during his last interview with Morrie.
  • Connie - Connie is Morrie’s at-home health care aide. She assists Morrie in going to the bathroom, getting up and into his chair and also with his meals.
  • Charlotte - Charlotte is Morrie’s wife, who is also a college professor. She keeps her job as a professor even while Morrie is sick because it is what Morrie wishes for her to do.
  • Janine - Janine is Mitch’s wife. She takes a phone call from Morrie, whom she had never met, and accompanies Mitch to his next visit with Morrie. As a professional singer, she never sings upon request, however, when Morrie asked her to sing she did without hesitation and brought him to tears stunning Mitch.
  • Peter - Peter is Mitch’s younger brother who lives in Spain. He has pancreatic cancer and refuses any help from his family. With the help and advice from Morrie, Mitch reaches out to him and is in a good relationship with him again at the end of the novel.

Favorite Passage

“The problem, Mitch, is that we don't believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own.
But believe me, when you are dying, you see it is true. We all have the same beginning - birth - and we all have the same end - death. So how different can we be?
Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you."
Morrie Schwartz
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Works cited

Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Print.


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Movie Trailer

Tuesdays with Morrie(1999) - official trailer