Book Title: Tuesdays With Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Memoir (Non-Fiction)
Price: Rs. 295 (On the book cover)
This book is the first non-fiction book that managed to hold my interest through the end. Usually, non-fictions irritate the hell out of me for they are full of advices on how you are supposed to live and how you are supposed to react to certain situations. Generally non-fictions are based on the criteria that history repeats itself and so you are supposed to behave in a certain way in a certain situation. But I don’t believe in that. In my opinion, every individual is different because they are shaped by the society they are living in and the varied experiences they have gone through. And hence, every individual behaves and reacts differently to the same situation, rendering those “advices” useless and worthless.
Although Tuesdays With Morrie is a non-fiction, there’s no “advices.” It’s a memoir that doesn’t preach us how we are supposed to live or how we are supposed to be motivated. The book is about the discussions held between the author (Mitch Albom) and his dying professor (Morrie Schwartz) on every Tuesday. During their meetings, they discuss various facets of life such as pity for oneself, regrets, death, family, emotions, fear of ageing, forgiveness and more. Each conversation is described in simple but meaningful way, forcing us to contemplate our reactions in similar situations. It forces us to look within ourselves hard, comprehend the society around us better, and recognize how shallow we are. It’s definitely a meaningful read.
Ratings: 8 out of 10
Grammar and Punctuation: Mitch Albom is a former American journalist, among many other things, and you can actually see this in his writings. Short but meaning sentences that carry the punch to push you to think out of the box. However, the grammar and punctuations used in the book are through and through American. So if you don’t like American English, don’t read it. My rating would be 2 out of 2.
Flow of the Story: Although the book is divided into lessons, the flow is smooth and easy to follow. The various aspects of life are taken in the chronological manner, i.e. from small things to big things. Needless to say, I loved the way it was handled. So, 2 out of 2 for the flow.
Concept: I don’t think the concept was new. There are few books in the market that deals with the lessons of the life. So, I would rate it 1 out of 2 for the concept.
Reaction: After reading so much, you must have already guessed that I absolutely loved this book. But will I re-read it? I am not sure because it will get boring, unless you are depressed and you need to see the situation from the other perspective to feel better. Will I recommend it to read? Of course. I really think everybody should read it at least once. So, 3 out of 4 for reaction.
If you anyone else has read it and want to discuss the book, please comment. We can start discussing it right here. No kidding.