- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751536822
- ISBN-13: 978-0751536829
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (763 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Albom has done it again... FIVE PEOPLE is a powerful book, powerful enough to make one's inner snob feel a little uncomfortable...Albom has touched the lives of a lot of people he never even knew. If there is a heaven, he can expect to have around 5.7 million people waiting for him there (TIME)
[Eddie] learns not only about his life but also about what his time on earth meant. It is simple, unaffected and written with great feeling (PUBLISHING NEWS)
Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership . . . this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, reminds us of what really matters here of earth, of what our lives are given to us for (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
Mitch Albom lifts us to a new level ... You'll find here echoes of the classics - The Odyssey for one - and that puts Albom's book in the best of company (Frank McCourt, author of ANGELA'S ASHES)
Beautifully written first novel that addresses the meaning of life - and life after death - from the internationally bestselling author of the non-fiction TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.See all Product Description
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Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven' tells the tale of Eddie, the fairground maintainance man and his story begins on his 83rd birthday.......his last day on earth.
To help him put his lifetime into perspective he is met in heaven by 5 people from his past, some he knows - some he doesn't, but they all hold information that will help Eddie make sense of his life and understand what led him to arrive in heaven on the day he did.
The message seems to be that whether we are aware of it or not, everything happens for a reason but more importantly, even trivial things can shape a person and that every encounter, occurance or event is tightly woven into the fabric of our lives.
It is a very quick read, at just over 100 pages, but Mr Albom's writing style seems to pack a lot into those 100 pages. It's not 'gripping' or 'fast paced' but it is a page turner. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't wait to find out who Eddie's 5 people were and what his personal heaven would be.
I don't think I've ever sobbed as much over a book as I did at the bittersweet ending of this one. I didn't see the 5th person coming and was literally moved to tears at their fragment of Eddie's life.
It gets 5 out of 5 from me and I'm so glad I've read it.
On the Surface
Eddie is a `maintenance man' at an amusement park. The book starts with a count-down to Eddie's death, over the course of an hour, and what he did in that time as he went about his job in that park not realising that it would be for the last time.
On dying in an accident at that amusement park, Eddie goes on a journey of self discovery, meeting five important people in heaven. Each of them was in his life for a specific reason - some only momentarily. And every one of the five was affected by Eddie's life in a profound way. Eddie sees them once more in heaven as they each have something to teach him.
In between each chapter or so is a page or two recounting important periods in Eddie's past, e.g., specific birthdays from his childhood to adulthood. From the point of view of this self development book review, it is interesting how the two stories work in conjunction with each other.
The Underlying Message
Many people believe that during the course of their life several people come into it and make a difference to them. This book makes you look at life the other way round. Who are the people that YOU touch without you actually realising? What is the impact that YOU make on others without your knowledge?
Sometimes the effect is instantaneous, dramatic and you know about it straight away.Read more ›
Eddie represents all of us to some degree. Looking back on his life with regret over all the things he should have done or not done, he is almost a ghost of himself. Since the death of his wife, he has basically gone through the motions, working at the same job his father worked before him, dealing with the bad dreams brought on by his wartime experience, watching his body deteriorate to the point that he can barely get around, waiting for nothing, feeling nothing but regret. He always wanted to get away from his father and live an entirely different sort of life, yet he wound up taking over his father's job, living in the same building, failing to achieve any of the hopes and dreams he embraced so tightly as a young man. His wife was his only anchor, and she has been dead a long time now.
When we first meet Eddie, he is about to die. The end is just another beginning, however, and we learn the story of Eddie's life as the novel progresses. Heaven is not what he expected; he finds no peace here at all. Happiness cannot come without understanding, however, and five people are waiting to explain Eddie's life to him. They include people he barely knew or did not know at all, yet he soon learns what a huge influence he had in their earthly lives. Each one imparts to Eddie a lesson he must learn in order to find peace.Read more ›
The main character of the story is an 87 year old man called Eddie and throughout the whole book the writer has been able to offer a passionate, detailed and descriptive insight into Eddies life; the story starts at the end, with eddies death.
This story is captivating from the outset, the author has a flair for ensuring his audience, 'gets the picture', by painting an expressive image of every scene, thought, person and discussion. Descriptions of some of the scenes conveyed a vivid picture of what may appear to some, far-fetched and offer a distinct idea of how the writer may view heaven.
Through, sometimes very short and stilted sentences and punchy paragraphs we are able to build up a clear picture of Eddie, his life, his love and his death as well as all the people he meets along the way.
There are morals to this story, a lesson to be learnt and the book is a must read, especially for those who like to become involved in a story and have the ability to take it beyond the book. It’s easy to embrace the value and the emotion of many parts of the story, as they are significant parts of Eddie’s life.
I particularly like Eddie’s character, he's real and down to earth, he is quietly confident and unassuming and I feel that his honesty and values made him human. The story made me laugh and cry and more importantly it made me think about life’s lessons. This is a sensitive, compelling and touching story.
A definite must read.
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Good read, only a short book but genuinely touching and you do feel like you know the main character... Always a sign of a good book!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Its a fantastic read!Really makes you think and has a feel good factor.Published 10 days ago by crazyprincess
This was not a book I would have picked up voluntarily to read and I would have brushed past it on the shelf. What a mistake that would have been! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bellebazaar
This took me only four days to read, it was short but sweet. I thought it would leave me in tears afterwards but the ending actually left me happy and I'm not sure why. Read morePublished 18 days ago by K.
What can i say !? Mitch Alborn takes you on a journey of Love , Life , Death , Romance and Much More ! Read more
searching for the meaning of life then this is the book for youPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellently written and expressed, a reflective take on life, death and what may be perceived to comfort some and provoke thoughts in others. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Louise Chipperfield
I was asked to read this book by my English GCSE teacher. for a start i was looking forward to reading this book as i enjoy a challenge. Read morePublished 27 days ago by emee preece