I first came across this title when I just browsing the internet and saw a television show called “Tuesdays with Morrie”, quite about several years ago. The movie casts among all are Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. Instead of continuing watching the show, I have decided to search for the original biography novel and read it, after some more years later.
This book caught my heart at its first sentence, “The last class of my old professor’s life took place once a week in his house… “.
It does keep myself moving on, plot after plot, story after story. At the beginning, I thought this book is only about the educational relationship between a student and his professor which being held long enough.
But, I was wrong. It was all about life.
Morrie Schwartz is known to Mitch Albom as his outstanding and intelligent professor during his university time in “Brandeis University”. After about 20 years later, Mitch came across to heard his professor’name again at one popular late night show. But, Ted Koppel the host was not talking about the professor noble findings or even the teachings and research of sociology field that the professor mastered in. Koppel was talking about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Mitch, on the other side of the United States, prays that he could be able to meet his professor again, to hug him and to actually became his student again. But, apart from his realization, he never expected that he would have a class schedule again with his professor every Tuesday.
After almost 20 years, Morrie had introduced new syllabuses to Mitch in their every Tuesday class, in which Mitch never wish nor expected to be enrolled in.
Morrie taught him the lessons of life, family, love, friendship, money, cultures, happiness, and death. Morrie taught Mitch, more than ever living professor had taught their students.
With the meeting every Tuesday, Mitch had flashed back the memories of him and Morrie during college and how’s life before. Mitch also believes how the past life of his professor had created Morrie now especially in getting through his sick and weak stages. Morrie taught him that nothing to be regretted of, nothing to be ashamed with the sickness, soon-to-be-dead & deteriorate ability. Morrie sees these all as what life is all about.
Tuesdays with Morrie, is it worth to read?
Indeed. From the synopsis, people would believe that this book is some kind of motivational materials especially to those who facing the same disease or same situation as Morrie and even Mitch. But, to me, I will recommend this to all, whether you love reading or not, whatever genre you’re from, even how old and how healthy you are. This book is not a CRY book but you maybe cry knowing how you have driven your life so far and how much love and time you have wasted along the way. You maybe cry if you think, every single lesson or moment you’re enjoying now, is being taught by a dying lovable fellow. And you maybe cry when you realize that this life you’ve gone through has so much value than you ever count on.
Cons. : Not much to comment on the 0.2 less I have put in the rating. To me, maybe it was caused by the fewer feelings of Mitch character altogether compared to Morrie. It is OK, I mean it maybe represents the real Mitch whenever he was together with his professor. If Mitch holds quite a bit strong feelings and character, this book becomes the tears of my year and going to make other readers reading it all the way in teary eyes as well.
BUY : Tuesdays with Morrie