There are some books you read and you forget. There are some books that you read and remember. There are some books that you read and keep coming back to. And then there are some books that you read and feel like you want to keep it safely ‘coz you know you want to come back to it sometime. You don’t know when but you have the instinct that you might just suddenly want to read it again! “Tuesdays with Morrie” belongs to this last category of books.
The book has a very simple message – “To learn to live”.. I know it sounds like it’s a run-off-the-mill self-help book, but it’s not! Tuesdays with Morrie is about the last few interactions between Mitch Albom, the author (who is a Sports Journalist) with his dying Professor Morrie Schwartz. Morrie is down with ALS (a deadly disease which is slowly decaying his body) and in his last few days Mitch revisits his old Professor every Tuesday just like they used to spend their Tuesdays 15 years ago while Mitch was a student at Brandies University.
Tuesdays with Morrie might pull you down at times but it flows like a river – meandering and I must admit that Mitch expresses himself wonderfully. You can almost feel his emotions and identify with similar situations in your own life when you felt the way he did. It’s actually a perfect recipe to make you think and I must admit it’s one of the finest pieces I have seen which gives one the impression that it’s been made to “sell” and at the same time appears like it has been written from the bottom of the author’s heart.
Tuesdays with Morrie has also been made into a Movie.