Tuesdays with Morrie

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Chrysen park

Honors Summer Reading Book Choice

1. Mitch Albom, the book's narrator, recalls his graduation from Brandeis University in the spring of 1979. While at Brandeis, Mitch says his farewells to his favorite professor Morrie. He promises Morrie, who is crying, that he will keep in touch, though he does not fulfill his promise. Years after Mitch's graduation from Brandeis, Morrie is diagnosed with ALS. Morrie's wife, Charlotte, cares for Morrie while doing her job as a professor at M.I.T. Sixteen years after his graduation from Brandeis, one night, Mitch is flipping the channels on his television and recognizes Morrie's voice. Morrie is being featured on the television program "Nightline" in the first of three interviews with Ted Koppel. Mitch is stunned to see his former professor on television. Following Morrie's television appearance, Mitch contacts his favorite professor and travels from his home in Detroit to Morrie's home in West Newton, Massachusetts to visit with him and following their first Tuesday together, Mitch returns regularly every Tuesday to listen to Morrie's lessons on "The Meaning of Life". Each week, Mitch brings Morrie food to eat, but everyday Morrie's condition worsens. His visits with Morrie are flashbacks to their days together at Brandeis, when Mitch and Morrie shared a relationship more like father and son than teacher and student. Soon before Morrie's death, when his condition has declined so much that he can no longer breathe or move on his own body, he confesses that if he could have another son, he would choose Mitch. Nearing his death, he and Mitch often hold hands throughout their last sessions together. In his lessons, Morrie advises Mitch to reject the popular culture in favor of creating his own. Morrie also stresses that Mitch must accept death and aging, as both are unavoidable. After meeting up with Morrie, Mitch attempts to restore his relationship with his brother Peter who lives in Spain. Morrie prophetizes...
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