Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom

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"Tuesdays with Morrie" is about an elderly man named Morrie Shwartz diagnosed in his seventies with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Morrie has always lived his life in his own fashion, taking his path less stressful. And continues to do so until his dying day. One of his former students sitting thousands of miles away in Michigan stumbled upon this episode of “Nightline” on the television by chance and most likely by fate. This student, Mitch Album, decides to pay a visit to his favorite tutor in quiet suburb of Boston. As he was a professor of Sociology for many years, Morrie begins again to educate Mitch Album, in, what he calls, his “final thesis.” The old professor and the youthful student meet every Tuesday. As the disease progresses, Morrie shares his opinions on issues such as family, love, emotions, and aging. Although the cover of the book states “an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson,” but the book actually provides numerous life lessons.

Morrie Schwartz -

Morrie is Mitch's favorite professor from Brandeis University, and the main focus of the book is Morrie, who now suffers from ALS, a weakening, incurable disease that destroys his body, but cruelly leaves him as intelligent as ever before. He had taught sociology at Brandeis, and continues to teach it to Mitch, enlightening him on "The Meaning of Life", and how to accept death and aging. After having a childhood with out much affection shown at all, he lives on physical contact, which is rather similar to a baby. He has a passion for dancing and music, and cries a lot, especially since the beginning of his disease. He doesn’t hide his emotions, but he shares them openly with anyone, and stays in the same frame of thinking as he did before this fatal disease struck. Mitch Albom sees him as a man of absolute wisdom.

Janine -

She is Mitch's patient wife who kindly takes a phone call from Morrie, whom she has never met, and urges Mitch to let her join him on his next Tuesday visit. Although she usually does not sing in public or when someone requests, she does for Morrie, and makes him tear with her beautiful voice.

Mitch Albom -

Morrie’s former student at Brandeis University, and the narrator of the book. After forgetting about his dreams of becoming a famous musician, he is disgusted by they way the he wants financial success and wealth, though neither actually make him happy at ...

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...himself from the experience" when he suffers his violent coughing spells, all of which could most possibly be his lasts breaths. Morrie get his method of detachment from the Buddhist philosophy: One should not cling to things, as everything that exists is impermanent. In detaching, Morrie is able to step out of his material surroundings and into his own type of world where he has time to relax and think more about the type of world that his loved ones live in. Morrie does not intend to stop feeling this detachment, but instead he wants to experience it wholly because it is only then that he is able to let go, to think about something other than the stressful situation that he is in. He does not want to die feeling upset, and in these frightening moments, he detaches himself so that he may accept the short span of his life and accept his death, which he knows may come at any time.

Morrie's are the most basic lessons, but in a world full of suspicion, consumerism, and ostracized people, they need to be given again and again: We all should take time to stare out the window instead of at your computer screen. Have a laugh. It's natural to die. Love is how you stay alive.
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