Jun 3, 2008

Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

a proper book review after two months of not doing it properly.
i totally skipped during April, and May saw me reading romance novels.

i know this is old, but what the heck, here it is:

Tuesdays with Morrie
author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Broadway
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076790592X
ISBN-13: 978-0767905923
First book i read from Mitch Albom was The Five People You Meet In Heaven. the story's about life after dying. about retrospecting the life you've had and what actually that you've learned from it. but i'm not going to talk about that book. today i want to talk about Tuesdays with Morrie.

i'm never one to investigate books i'm about to read. a review from a friend, a great cover, an author/authoress i recognized, all these (or one of those) are enough for me to pick up a book and read it. so when i read Tuesdays with Morrie, what i have in mind was "this is a fiction story about an old guy who is dying". but what i think about the book isn't important now.

i like the moral of the story. of how Morrie refused to study medicine, law and business because he didn't want to manipulate people. i always think that a doctor's duties may be not as noble as we think, because we make a living out of other people's misery. never a good thing. and of how he said that to live happily you have to interact with people, to have communication, to have relationships. and i think that's true too.

ait. other topics discussed in the book are "regrets", "feeling sorry for yourself", "death", "family" and a few others.

this book defies most of the materialistic cultures we lived by today. it says things like, prioritize things that is really important to you; money isn't everything in life; it's okay not being able to do everything; and many others. for me, this book is better than any self-help book. i hate self help books because they made me feel helpless. and stupid (i know, i know, i have denial problem).

this is a true story about a man's perspective about life.
a light reading with a heavy input.

orange kite says: i have mixed feelings when reading this book. i still have problems dealing with deaths. especially dying because of disease-related problems. somehow this book help me get through it a little bit, and didn't make me feel so bad about myself. so, for not making me feel like i'm the most evil person in the world, i'm giving a full 10/10 for this book.

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