Tuesdays with Morrie Context

Tuesdays with Morrie Context

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Tuesdays with Morrie
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2000 by Warner (first published 1997)
ISBN 0751529818 (ISBN13: 9780751529814)

“Tuesdays with Morrie” belongs to the authorship of Mitch Albom. The book talks about the experience of author’s teacher Morrie Schwartz who was dying from ALS. The memoir found its place among many bestseller lists and was made into a movie in 1999.

Morrie Schwartz was Albom’s favorite professor at the university. Despite the great connection between them, Mitch kept on living his life after the graduation and didn’t stay in touch with the professor as promised. 16 years after, he hears about him on television and comes to visit. The first attempts to establish the connection are constantly interrupted by work and other important business.

Over time the two men start having regular Tuesday dinners during which they talk about the philosophy of life. Mitch was dissatisfied with the course he has taken after school and was looking for himself. Morrie is suffering from an illness that slowly traps his perfectly sane and sharp soul into a body that doesn't obey him. Their talks resemble the Lessons of Life and have deep and profound meaning.

When a man is one step away from death – he becomes truly free. Free from jealousy, hatred, prejudice and personal insults. Their place is now occupied by fear. It is the fear of something unknown and unavoidable. But Morrie faces the battle with this condition with lots of optimism and internal strength. All the artificial things have faded leaving only true ones – like friendship, compassion, solidarity – closer to the soul.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” is about simple talks that everyone is able to have with a cup of tea. But not everybody is able to put so much meaning into them. It often happens that we forget about simple and true things being too busy with the small worries of life. It’s time to stop, pick up the text, listen to what others have to say and remind yourself of what is truly important.

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