The Five People You Meet in Heaven Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003
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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 )
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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.
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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not put this down! Only a short read but well worth it. I found it very thought provoking . Get reading!!!Published 8 days ago by JANETCLEGG
Wonderful story of what heaven may be like, that will have the reader smiling and crying. Beautifully written with the present tense in the past and vice versa which keeps the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dory
The story starts at the end with the death of fairground maintenance man Eddie. It then alternates between his first impressions of heaven and birthdays past, to tell the story of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Moira
Loved this book, short and sweet and gets you thinking. An easy read to a guy like me who really usually doesn't enjoy reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favourite books, because of this book I became a Mitch Albom fan and read all of his novels, most of them are pretty good, but never comes close to this one, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E Buy
Lovely book , makes you think about life and your relationships and where your heaven would be ! We all need to be working on our heaven right now !!Published 1 month ago by Mrs Paula Lee