Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson

by Mitch Albom

Hardcover, 1997

Call number

155.6 ALB

Collection

Publication

Doubleday (1997), Edition: 1st, 208 pages

Description

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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, 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, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch 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.… (more)

Media reviews

The deceptively simple story of a deathbed seminar on life. It is as sweet and as nourishing as fresh summer corn.

User reviews

LibraryThing member cyderry
Haven't had a book move me to tears in a long time, this one did.

This small little book is a marvelous testament to the human spirit. Here was a man, a philosophy professor, who was literally dying inch by inch in his body and yet his spirit was indomitable. As his life was shrinking away from ALS, Morrie spent his time explaining to his former student what was important in life and what wasn't. His teaching was spiritual yet realistic. Love, according to Morrie, was the most significant act and forgiveness of self - well, according to him " for all the mistakes you've made, for all the things you did you shouldn't have, for all the things you should have done, don't get stuck on your regrets."

The lesson he was teaching is one that is hard to learn, but definitely worthwhile to hear.

"The last class of my old professor's life took place once a week in his home by a window in his study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink flowers. The class met on Tuesdays, no books were required. The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience. The teaching goes on."

I don't usually read books like this but I'm definitely glad I read this one. I learn a few important items.
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LibraryThing member MyriadBooks
God, I hate this book.

I only have it in my collection (actually I only have it at all) because it was given to me freely by my undergraduate university as an "This author is coming to visit, here, read his book" (this was back in 1999). The book was banal and touchy-feely, and very short, and even as it ended it never answered any of the few questions it raised for me, such as "Did Albom every work things out with his wife?" I went to the lecture because it was the first author lecture I'd had the opportunity to go to.

The lecture was worse. Albom didn't give a lecture at all, just read a chapter from his book. The first chapter, even, not even picking an excerpt like, "This is a favorite excerpt of mine, and here's why, and I'd like to read to you". Albom answered no questions and provided no information beyond what was found in the book. During the book signing, the single word I heard him say to any student was "Name?" (and I made a point of saying "Thank you for coming" to him as he signed my copy). Even taking into effect how hard book tours can be on an author, I think he could have taken the lecture and signing more professionally.

Sucks!
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LibraryThing member twig_tea
Sappy crap you already should know.
LibraryThing member trinibaby9
A beautiful beautiful book. I can't say enough about it. Hard to get through at times only because it is so emotional. There are so many lessons to be learned from this book. I would say this is a book for everyone there is something in it for all of us.
LibraryThing member SallyApollon
I actually found this to be a bit predictable & repititious...or maybe I was contemptous of the author for not having respect for his elders int he first place.
LibraryThing member PinkLadies
Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a dying man to jog us enough to realize that human relationships and health are more important than all the gadgets, modern conveniences, pressures to get ahead professionally and monetarily combined. This is just the main point that Morrie starts "teaching" Albom and getting through to someone who, like many of us from time to time, have gotten obsessed with the real trivialities of life. The only complaint I have about this book is that it wasn't longer. I wanted to take more time and savor the wisdom and sweetness of this old man, but, like his illness's swiftness, reading the book seemed to go by all too quickly.

"Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won't be dissatisfied , you won't be envious, you won't be longing for somebody else's things. On the contrary, you'll be overwhelmed wih what comes back."

I first read this book a decade ago - it touched me then, and it still does.
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LibraryThing member siafl
Rather than finding this one as life-changing as many people whom I've spoken to about this book find, I find it predictable, and frankly a little like reading a self-help soup soul type book. I don't want to take anything away from Professor Schwart's viewpoints on life, because I think the world can use a lot more of him. I find the writing of the book a little too direct and simple. Simplistic. A little too much like a thesis, but without the insight of research. I think anyone who has read enough good books would find this one lacking a bit. Off the top of my head, Siddhartha is a much more interesting example of a book that journeys along the same line. The Alchemist is perhaps another. This book is worth reading if you are missing something in life, and not all that if you are chasing after a book that exemplifies the art of writing.… (more)
LibraryThing member PublicChristian
My college students always said it was the most valuable text of the semester. I'd thought it would be too morbid for them, even the toughest guys admitted to tearing up at the end, but they loved it, and quoted it frequently through the semester.
LibraryThing member bookus00
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
If you want a reminder of how important your time spent with friends can be, then this book will definitely be that for you. You will laugh & cry but it was one of the most inspirational books I have read. You can't help but like Morrie Schwartz with his common sense and wisdom : "Everyone knows they're going to die.. but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently." is so on target. Definitely a biography that is readable and memorable.… (more)
LibraryThing member jerseyjane
I hated this book!
LibraryThing member NielsenGW
Oi...platitudes galore. Albom's previous writing was in sports and it should have stayed there. Anyone trying to delve into this world of schlock is in for a letdown. Buyer beware.
LibraryThing member xiaoshitou
Very touching and emotional. And i think i learned something about life from it. But the author sounded a little selfish to me.
LibraryThing member bookwormteri
I feel like a complete jerk because I did not like this book. First of all, if you really care about someone, be there before their end of days. Don't suddenly realize that they are important to you as they die. It had some nice moments, but it was very predictable. Narcissistic, money hungry writer discovers the meaning of life through dying mentor.

Frankly, I was more moved by Marley and Me...does this mean that I don't have a soul?
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LibraryThing member startwithgivens
It was a heart warming tale but I was honestly bored. I fell asleep with the book in my hand countless times and it took me the full lending period of this library book to read it (that never happens for me). I do not know if it just wasn't the right time in my life to read the book or what, but it definitely didn't speak to me as I had hoped and I do not plan to read it again.… (more)
LibraryThing member John
This is a lovely little book. Mitch Albom is a well known sports writer in the US. One evening he happens to see a TV show about Morrie Schwartz, a university professor to whom he was quite close when he was school, but over 16 years he had not kept in touch as went on to build a name and a career for himself. Morrie has Lou Gehrig's disease, and after seeing him on television, because Morrie wants to use his transition to death as a lesson, Mitch looks him up, and then visits him every Tuesday. Their rekindled relationship turns into Morrie's last class for Mitch in lessons on how to live and what is important in life. Morrie is a compelling and unique individual: not bitter at the fate that has befallen him, rather considering himself lucky because it gives him time to see friends and family and take his departure from them in a calm and loving manner. And Mitch is the perfect foil: successful and driven: "I buried myself in accomplishments, because with accomplishments I believed I could control things".

Morrie's summation of what is important is life is simple:

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

Some of Morries' other aphorisms:

As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on–in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here....Death ends a life, not a relationship.

The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn't the family. It's become quite clear to me as I've been sick. If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important.

Dying is only one thing to be sad over....Living unhappily is something else.
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LibraryThing member mattviews
Death ends a life, not a relationship. Love conquers all. Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Albom know better. After Mitch Albom had parted with his favorite professor Morrie Schwartz after some 20 years, Albom, a struggling former musician, had become the No. 1 sports columnist. When Nightline broadcasted a show on the dying professor, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable neurological illness that melts the nerves in the brain, Albom rediscovered his enamored mentor from college in the final leg of the old man's life. Albom poignantly regretted that he had not kept in contact as he promised at graduation and got on a plane and visited the gentle old man sooner, before the disease ravaged his nerves and robbed him for his life basics.
But if the old man taught his student-friend anything at all, it was the fact that nothing was too late in life. As Albom rekindled the friendship with his professor whose life was as if being marked off by crossing the days on the calendar, their encounter turned into a final class that met every Tuesday on the meaning of life. Tuesdays with Morrie is the transcription of this encounter, Morrie's concluding remarks on the meaning of life, taught from life experience, with a sense of complete detachment of the world and inveterate cultural values. This final lecture challenges Albom and all of us in the values of death, love, money, marriage, emotion, family, regret and culture.

The more Mitch conversed with Morrie, the more he realized how much his insights of life had faded and gone astray. As the old man sidled closer to death, the things Morrie said in his last months transcended all religious differences with a profundity that calls everyone to re-evaluate, to cudgel the meaning of life. Morrie reiterated and advocated for love, which allows one to die without really "going away", for the love one created in lifetime was still embraced in memories. Maybe death really had a way to make one learn how to live. The one amazing thing about Morrie is that he decided he would not be ashamed of dying for he saw death as yet a beginning.
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LibraryThing member TexasTam
You need a box of kleenex nearby with this book. Morrie should be an inspiration to us all on how to live the last days of your life.
LibraryThing member ssac77
An professor from Brandeis U. dying of LouGehrig disease talks every Tuesday with his student of 16 yrs early about life as he sees it now that he is dying.
LibraryThing member kimbee
I don't like Albom's writing. I think his books go too fast. This book was ok though. Some leassons are worth remembering.
LibraryThing member ablueidol
It made me regret that i never have had a mentor like Morrie although over the years I have been a "guide" to a handful of others but not as yet(as far as i know!) to the same profound affect.
LibraryThing member ElTomaso
A sweet, short inspiring story about a young mans witness to an older mans passing, with the focus being on the spiritual quality of gratitude for the precious gift of life.
LibraryThing member Mendoza
OK - I rated it a 5 star. It is an inspriational read and truly eye opening in terms of looking at my own life and what I have down with it.

But beyond that, how depressing.
LibraryThing member BookAddict
This book wasn't quite what I expected. It really was a tribute to Morris Schwartz, a professor at an American university who was a loving friend to his students. He was a nice man with good common sense. His philosophy was much like my own. I do think people who are concerned with striving for material goods or other meaningless distractions should read this book. I wouldn't say it held any new revelations or striking insights but I am glad I read it so that I could hold this nice man in my memory and in that help to keep his memory alive. A short read.… (more)
LibraryThing member hprather
One of my best reads in years. Why didn't I find this book sooner. Sure, I heard about it, but it was not until my wife read and fell in love with it did I remember it.

It is very difficult to walk away from this book and not feel a sense of priority with your life. I have, especially over the past 3 years of my own life, begun to see how insane and out of wack our priorities are as a culture. This writing from Albom will serve as a constant reminder of what brings true meaning in our lives and help young and old either plan for or look back on the live to live or the life lived.

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!
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LibraryThing member edie19
A great example of living and dying - lots of lessons to be learned here.

Pages

208

ISBN

0385484518 / 9780385484510

Lexile

830L
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