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This review is from: The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Paperback)
This novel examines the theme of death, life and what comes after, society's greatest faux pas, the unspoken mystery that people avoid. Life, Death and Heaven. This is only one man's view of life after death but I believe it's the most comforting, and ends with a feeling found so rarely in books, a warm and blindingly content finale.
Eddie (our semi-sober lead character) dies in the same place he was born. Having, he believes, wasted his life, wishing he had done something more worthwhile, wishing that he had made a difference. He dies trying to save a small girl's life. Some people might believe that to be worthwhile, but the fact that he dies not knowing whether she lived, tears him up inside and extenuates his belief that his life was utterly meaningless.
The five people he meets in Heaven are people he had known, people he had loved and in a few cases people he had never met before but they all have something in common. Eddie altered their lives in some way, and they are there to explain his life to him.
Albom has singled out the one question we all want answered: why are we here? And the response, at least to Eddie, makes tearfully perfect sense.