book cover of the novel
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A fellow blogger, Sheng, brought this book with her during a local blogging community and I was all tempted to read that I asked to bring this book just in case I have time in between to read.
I thought the book was simply a work of fiction but the novel was about a professor's struggle and triumph over his fatal disease and his student's personal struggles about the true meaning of life.
From start to end, you will see and feel wisdom, wits and humor and love of a dying person and teaching bare essentials that are oftentimes ignored. Thus, it left me crying from cover to cover. This is indeed one book everyone should not miss.
Read the synopsis as excerpt from wikipedia.org.
Newspaper columnist Mitch Albom recounts his time spent with his 78 year old sociology professor at Brandeis University, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Albom, a former student of Schwartz, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes sixteen years earlier. The first three chapters begin with: an ambiguous introduction to the final conversation between Albom and Schwartz, a brief flashback to Albom's graduation 20 years earlier, and a brief recount of the events Albom experiences between his graduation and the point where he becomes prompted to return to his professor.
Albom is a successful sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press after not attaining his childhood dream of being a pianist. After seeing Schwartz on Nightline, Albom looked up Schwartz's phone number, and called him. Much to his surprise, Schwartz remembered him even though he hasn't seen him in 16 years. That prompted Albom to travel from Michigan to Massachusetts to visit Schwartz. They arrange to meet on Tuesdays. A newspaper strike frees Albom from work and allows him frequent flights from his home in Detroit to Schwartz in Boston. The resulting book is based on Albom's recount of Schwartz lectures, quotes, experiences, and conversations. It is interspersed with frequent flashbacks and allusions to contemporary events between each visit.