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Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson [Paperback]

Mitch Albom
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Book Description

24 July 2003

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.

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (24 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529814
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters, it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? And we meet Morrie Schwartz--a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. Finally, we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautifully written book of great clarity and wisdom that lovingly captures the simplicity beyond life's complexities (M Scott Peck, author of THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.)

This is a true story that shines and leaves you forever warmed by its afterglow (Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB)

A moving tribute to embracing life. (GLASGOW HERALD)

Albom is naturally a colourful writer... Morrie Schwartz stands out as inspiring. (IRELAND SUNDAY TRIBUNE)

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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THIS IS WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN IN MY BOOK REPORT FOR SCHOOL (15 years old from Israel)
I may not read much, still, every book I have Read is simply not as good as "Tuesdays with Morrie". Its words explain the Authors feelings in such way you'd think you are the one who wrote this book, you are the one this whole book is about, and this is a description of your own feelings. If I could purchase this book for the whole World, I would, in a minute. Obviously, I recommend this book to any Person who can cope with tears, sadness and Coping with emotions and be aware of them. Saying "Tuesdays with Morrie" is beautiful is An understatement. When you read this book, your laugh, you cry and most important you learn so many new things not only about who this book describes and learning to appreciate them - but you learn about your self and you learn to appreciate your self. All in all, this book is beautiful, easy to read and Easy to understand. Anyone will enjoy if only you Open your heart and you are willing to receive a gift you Will not get - anywhere else.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed. 4 Jan 2001
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One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. This book is an experience, a journey, a gem. I would share this gift of enlightenment with everyone I care about. This is a book to be shared with special people. The experience of this story opens doors of acceptance, love, humility and the possibilities of changing what seems to be the most unchangable in ourselves, our lives, our relationships. Reading this book and absorbing its messages is a living and growing experience. You will read it. You will feel it. You will grow and change. You will laugh and cry. You will let go and you will hold on. And then you will read it again.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It completely refreshes your outlook on life. 30 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is a completely heart-rendering, touching and genuine piece of work which has you laughing, crying and thinking about life, death and the world today. It is written about an old professor (Morrie) who knows he is dying and is telling people about what this unusual situation feels like. The author is an old student of his who has 'fallen by the way', choosing the very hectic modern life many people now take as normal. It is of course a true story which makes it all the more poignant and hard-hitting. I thoroughly recommend that you read this. Once you pick it up you cannot put it down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - a must read for everyone 14 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
It is a quite simple story, but yet a life's philosophy. Morrie's story has touched me deeply and made me see life from a different perspective. Embrace life fully and live every moment as it is given to you or as Morrie has put it: "Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder 14 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
Life is short so it is up to us to make it sweet. Of course the book is not going to start any revolutions anywhere, but for people caught up in the madness of daily modern existence, this is a timely reminder of what characterizes real success and accomplishment in our over materialistic and superficial lives.
Every Brandeis graduate should read this book :-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good lessons, but great ones? 25 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Does this short novella live up to the hype it generated? Well, yes and no. The lessons were good, but not always great. As with any general philosophy, it hits and misses depending on your individual circumstance. The pursuit of a money in a career does not gain you fulfillment? Sure, I'll buy into that one, but for the millions of workless people around the world it's a bitter irrelevance. The importance of getting married? Sure, that may make sense but not at the expense of abusive relationships and what about the increasing number of single people in the world? Are they condemned as a result?
Perhaps the most telling lesson was the idea of the little bird on your shoulder asking you if today is your day to die. It sounds morose, but it does help you make choices that veer you away from exploiting your fellow human beings - and that is a lesson well worth all of us learning.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly good 27 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Tuesdays at Morrie's is an incredible book about how everything in life matters: An old professor - Morrie - knows that he will be dying, but instead of pitying himself, he is sharing everything that is important to him until the last minute. He talks with a former student of his about different themes of life and how he approaches them. Sharing his knowledge makes a huge difference in a lot of people's lifes.
It reminded me of "Working on yourself doesn't work" from Ariel and Shya Kane. A great book about going for your life with totality and excellence, but without fixing yourself. I know it sounds like a paradox, but this books gives you the tools how to have a magnificent life: day in and day out. I highly recommend it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Man's Fumbling Death Bed Learning 3 Aug 2004
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Professor Morrie Schwartz is the mentor we would all like to have. Often we fail to seek out such a mentor because we feel inadequate or not worthy enough. If so, you will identify with Mitch Albom who seeks out his teacher's wisdom for the final time in this book. His fumbling should reassure even the most inhibited person to reach out for this kind of connection. That's the hidden beauty of this book, as Professor Schwartz's goodness shines through the narrowness of Mr. Albom's life.
This wonderful book focuses on the meaning of life, from the perspective of a teacher (Morrie Schwartz) who is about to lose his life and his pupil, (Mitch Albom) who has lost his focus on what is important. They come together for 14 Tuesdays (just like they did while the author was a college student at Brandeis) before the professor passes away of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
This book is filed with the most beautiful sayings you can imagine. Here are a few examples: 'Giving to other people is what makes us feel alive.' 'Love each other or perish.' 'Everybody knows they are going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.' 'Learn to detach from experience.'
Many people would avoid a book on this subject, because they do not want to think about death. Although Morrie Schwartz is dying throughout this book, the subject is really about living rather than dying. Few will find the dying to be distressing, even though it is graphically and frequently addressed.
For those of us with many years to live, this book can be a wake-up call to start really living now -- in the ways we would if we were about to die, as well as to learn how to treat others while we still have them with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars morrie's tuesdays
read it with my granddaughter. very moved. lots of good old fashioned, thoughtful homilies shared. suits all ages if they give themselves time to read it.
Published 8 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars best book I've read in a long time
It was so sad and brought tears to my eyes. It has life's greatest lessons and I hope to remember it every time I deal with loved ones. I love it
Published 14 days ago by GadgetsBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and thought provoking
Really made me reflect on own processes and life. At 57yrs I hope I have a few years ahead of me yet but wish I had valued the small things in life. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone
Beautiful little book - teaching you to appreciate the little things in our lives. This book is a must read for everyone.
Published 19 days ago by amztoaell
5.0 out of 5 stars Live life & laugh
This is a real lesson in humanity. Particularly poinant as I had a brother who died from the same disease. It makes you feel life should be celebrated everyday.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah England Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very thought provoking.

Extremely well written, makes you realise there are some exceptional people in this world, Morrie being one of them!
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant writing
Really heart moving book with so much wisdom in the writing. Clearly written from the heart and definitely one to be shared.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Read it!
This is one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

The chapters are short; bite sized chunks, so you can pick it up and put it down as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alice
3.0 out of 5 stars an ok read
It was ok but I didn't think it flowed. For me there wasn't enough of a story. The old man's thought's as he was in his last year were thought provoking.
Published 1 month ago by dollface
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Just wish it was longer - absolutely loved reading this book, very inspiring and just a tad too short! :(
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