Hello readers, it’s Becca here, with a long overdue book review of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
I’ve recently started grad school, and to say the schedule is gnarly would be putting it lightly! I’m not dedicating nearly as much time to reading for fun as I would like, thus, my choices of literature have changed drastically! As any grad student will tell you, the two things we’re most short of (aside from sleep) are free time and money. Tuesdays with Morrie was short and free (I borrowed it from a classmate) so I was sold.
It’s really difficult to give a “bad” review of a book that has such a great message. This is a memoir, and Morrie is dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He reconnects with an old student he had a special bond with and they have a last class together, in which Morrie imparts life lessons and wisdom to Albom, the author. The straightforward approach to death is refreshing, but the prose reveals an author trying too hard to be inspiring, and missing the mark entirely.
As a teacher, the relationship between Morrie and Albom is especially touching. As someone who tries to live life the best that I can, Morrie’s lessons of loving above all else, forgiveness, and always maintaining a zest for life are fabulous. But as a reader, I was bored. It felt like the Nicholas Sparks version of nonfiction.
Personally, I’m in a relatively healthy place in my life, so I give the book two stars. If you’re in a less healthy place, and need a reminder of some of Morrie’s arguably great philosophies on life, check this book out. ★★
Warning: if you’ve experienced a loved one’s death from a prolonged disease, you will cry. Read with caution! If you do decide to proceed, the book can be purchased here from Amazon.