Summary: It’s been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now, twelve million copies later, in a new foreword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie’s life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago
“Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place…Read more.
I bought this audio book to go along with reading the paper copy through a class. The narration doesn’t follow the book word for word, but all of the concepts and ideas are exactly the same. An amazing book any way you read it.
Thank you, Morrie, for your touching words of wisdom. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read this book. Your words are powerful long after you’ve passed, and I hope this book continues to influence people for many years to come.
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Mitch Albom: Tuesdays with Morrie Audio Book Summary
I read Tuesdays with Morrie way, way back when I was closer in age to Mitch than I was to Morrie. Now that I’m getting up near Morrie, I thought it was time to give it a re-read, and it was simply amazing. I really reconnected with how this wonderful book made me feel all those years ago ñ those feelings of wonder, amazement, introspection, and contemplation.
When I was young, the idea of a dying man was really mostly a foreign concept to me ñ my grandfather had died when I was little, but it was a heart attack in his sleep. I never saw him in pain, or suffering. So I had heard, of course, and read about people with debilitating diseases, terminal illnesses ñ cancer, diabetes, alzheimer’s ñ but I had never talked to one of these people in person, and so I had never really had to think that much about them. I had never thought about what it would be like to be that person, and to have to deal with the idea of your own mortality in such a close and real way. Tuesdays with Morrie was my first real exposure to these ideas, and it was really a profound experience to put myself in Morrie’s place, and really think about how I would feel in that sort of situation.
Now that I’m older, I’ve had the time and the reason to do a lot more thinking about my own life, and what it’s meant ñ not only that, but I’ve been in Mitch’s place a couple times myself. It was different, of course, because Mitch hadn’t talked to his professor in sixteen years ñ in my case, these were people I knew personally, some for a long time, some for less. What I learned from my discussions with these people, some of them only very sick and some of them terminally ill, is that not everybody gives the same sage advice on his deathbed that Morrie does. The people I knew were considerably more leashed to the human foibles that had bound and controlled them in life, just as we all are. Their close or imminent encounters with morality didn’t imbue them with profound wisdom ñ sometimes, it seemed, they were even resentful and bitter, more than if you’d asked them the same questions in a previous, happier year.
Nonetheless, the things Morrie says remain just as profound to me now as they were thirty years ago. But now, I can’t help but think that Mitch’s relative distance from Morrie gives his words a broader, more profound perspective. My friends, when they were dying, would say things that I think seemed profound to them ñ but to me, having known them and knowing how they thought, it seemed like they really hadn’t escaped much at all. It’s possible that Morrie is a wiser man than my friends were ñ I don’t discount that possibility at all. It’s just that I have to wonder whether people seem more profound the less you know about them.