Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom, is the true story about a relationship and dialogue he had with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. He had not seen Morrie for sixteen years even though he had meant to keep in touch with him. He offers an explanation for this. While channel surfing he comes upon a show about Morrie and his terminal illness. Morrie’s illness was ALS and he knew what was ahead for him and he made a decision. “He would not wither. He would not be ashamed of dying.” Mitch reconnects with Morrie and this book is the beautifully told story of the context of their meetings.
The book opens with a chapter titled “The Curriculum” . He explains that they met on Tuesdays in Morrie’s home. “The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience.” Morrie’s illness was ALS and he knew what was ahead for him and he made a decision. “He would not wither. He would not be ashamed of dying.” Each week Mitch and Morrie talked about a different subject and Morrie generously shared an incredible amount of wisdom. He was a man who wanted to be remembered and I believe that he will be.
The copy of the book that I read is the 20th Anniversary Edition and having completed reading it, I can honestly say I wish I had read it twenty years ago. It would have made a big difference. The book is inspirational, moving, powerful and a touching tribute to two people who shared the most special of relationships. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.