Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom had a favorite college professor who he promised to keep in touch with and didn’t. Years later he finds out his old professor is dying and decides to get back in touch and ends up spending every Tuesday with him, listening to him explain all the things that death has taught him. This book is the collected wisdom he shared with his former student in the last months of his life.
I had heard about this book and, since I tend to cry at the drop of a hat, I expected this to set off the water works. But for some reason it didn’t. Morrie seems like he would have been a very interesting guy to know. And you can see how the time with Morrie helped Mitch set different priorities in his life and learn what was important to him. But for some reason I had trouble relating. I think the problem was that it quickly became a list of pithy little sayings, Morrie’s aphorisms, and it started to get trite. It is nice to see someone face what Morrie faced with that much dignity. I think that gives you hope it can be done. But a lot of the wisdom here is not anything we haven’t heard before. And hearing it again still leaves you with the problem of living it out, which the book can’t really help you with. It’s not a bad book but I’m afraid I didn’t find enough depth here for it to have the power that other people seem to have found here.