Tuesdays With Morrie Book Review
Tuesdays With Morrie is the true story of a student and a professor being reunited for one final “class” together after the professor, Morrie, is diagnosed with ALS. Mitch Albom, the author of the book, was a student of Morrie’s at Brandeis University where he took every class that Morrie taught. Mitch quickly became Morrie’s favorite student and a very close bond developed between the two. Following graduation, Mitch promised to keep in touch with Morrie. However, Mitch fails to uphold this promise as his life quickly becomes centered around only his career in journalism. Mitch loses his feeling for what true happiness is, focusing all of his time in energy in his career. During this period in his life, Mitch is flipping through channels on the TV when he hears the voice of his old professor Morrie in an interview on “Nightline.”
Mitch finds out about his professor’s ailing health through this interview. He immediately contacts Morrie and flies from his home in Detroit to Morrie’s home in Massachusetts on a Tuesday. Following this first Tuesday spent with Morrie, Mitch spends every Tuesday afterwards visiting Morrie in his home. On these days, Mitch talks with Morrie and listens to his lessons on the meaning of life. Morrie’s final “class” inspires Mitch to lead a life more focused on true happiness through creating your own culture and maintaining relationships with others instead of material objects. Mitch and Morrie refer to this as their “last thesis together.”
The author does an excellent job conveying several different psychological disorders, most notably in himself. Mitch portrays himself as having what could be described as a compulsive disorder. During Morrie’s illness, Mitch started buying him and bringing him his favorite foods. After several weeks, Morrie is no longer able to eat solid foods and must switch over to an all liquid diet. Even after learning about this, Mitch continues to buy Morrie food and always...
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