Tuesdays With Morrie is a highly-praised non-fiction book, and there is a plethora of reasons for that praise. One, of course, is that the book deals with the challenging subject of the deterioration of physical life, and, finally, death without shying away. Another is that the book invites readers into an intimate relationship, one characterized by unusual warmth and reassuring comfort in a scary situation. But this is a book, after all, and its motive and message are only as good as its writing makeup.
This book is about a man named Mitch and his one-of-a-kind college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who reconnect after sixteen years. Mitch visits his old professor, only to see that he is running the last leg of his life, ill with a condition called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch is initially scared and saddened by this news, but he nevertheless visits Morrie every Tuesday unfailingly, learning more about the mind inside the man. During these visits, Morrie teaches the final course of his life – lessons about life and death. These lessons are recounted in the short book, Tuesday by Tuesday, story by story, and are written in the most candid and heartfelt way possible. As a book, Tuesdays With Morrie is a stand-out. The minimal description is powerful; the unaltered conversations are beautiful. Readers are able to dive into the mind of a man who is not in any way ordinary in his outlook towards death. Morrie is a realized figure passing on his words of wisdom, up until the last breath.
This book elicits such emotion from its readers; I could feel every tear rolling down my face and soaked up each little story like a sponge. I became a part of that classroom with this book in my hands, and it really changed my life. Tuesdays With Morrie is something that cannot be judged as a book, because it is Morrie standing in front of us in words. It is honestly one of the best reads you will find, and you can be a part of this class at any age.
Adithi is known as the Oak Tree on Figment, and she loves to write with an obsessive passion. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Soup, Skipping Stones, and Creative Kids. The three words that best describe her are poetic, fun, and life-loving. Her motto? Love every moment, look with many pairs of eyes, and keep a smile always with you!