Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom Book Review

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Tuesday With Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
Pages: 210
Publisher: Warner
Publication date: 1997
Genre: non-fiction

About the book
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.

This is one of those books that has both insanely good and utterly terrible reviews and I was a bit unsure going into it what I would make of it but I tried to keep an open mind as possible.

This book really does raise the big questions in life despite not being a very long book. It's also quite lightly written and easy to read; it's essentially about a middle-aged man reconnecting with his old college professor who is dying from ALS. It deals with some important questions that myself, and probably everybody else I know, more likely than not, doesn't consider thinking about all that often.

A lot of the negative reviews I have read on this book is due to people complaining about the lack of original wisdom and also the lack of depth. Now, this book was originally published in 1997, which makes it over 20 years old. I'm not entirely sure if critiquing this book based on lack of originality is both fair or accurate given its age, and I imagine if you read this when it was first published, it probably would have been a different reading experience altogether.

Don't get me wrong, did I think this was omg best book everrrrr? No. But I also didn't hate it either. In fact, I can appreciate what it was trying to convey and get across to the reader. There was meaning and inspiration in this book that I think everyone can 'get' something from, but I'm also glad the book wasn't longer than it was. Not so much in a way that I couldn't wait for the book to end, more so because this book is very poetically quotable without being overly deep and complex, and I think if it was any longer than what it is, it would have been a tad too much and a bit tedious.

It's a funny scenario; what a lot of people critique this book for, I actually preferred. The book is small and simply written and the dialogue is touching and can be appreciated by pretty much anyone but it's also not overly drawn out.

Personally, my biggest drawback for this book is that Morrie is almost flawless. Now, this book is non-fiction and perhaps the author wanted to only write positively about his old college professor, but Morrie is almost too perfect and I would have liked to hear some stories about the times Morrie acted imperfectly (because let's face it, he's human) and the lessons he learned from behaving this way. I think reading about Morrie's flaws would have bumped this review up a notch for me and gave the book an interesting perspective and something the readers could relate to.

For me, this book wasn't five-star incredible, but it was thought provoking and I appreciated it whilst reading it.

Verdict: ★★★

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