To be honest, I already want this book for a very long time. I know about this book and keep thinking that I need to buy this as soon as possible, but I keep getting distracted and ended up buying another book. Until a day, I impulsively bought this book and read it as soon as it reaches me. For your information, I try another online bookstore and I’m so much satisfied with the books, the services, the price, even when the shipment was quite long. I’ll make another blog post to tell you the online bookstore I’ve tried before.
So, back to this book. Tuesday with Morrie is a book by Mitch Albom. I’ve read one of Mitch Albom’s book before, it was The Time Keeper. The one I read was the Indonesia version, so it was translated. Tuesday with Morrie known as one of the bestseller books by Mitch Albom. If you know me or have ever read my book review, you will know that I’m a kind of bibliophile who chooses a book by its cover. Maybe sometimes I will be tricked by it, but mostly it helps me so much. So, this book cover also draws my attention. Not because of the colorful cover, nor the artsy kind of thing but because of what is written there. Simple, but meaningful I guess. It wrote “an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson”. See… You understand what I mean right? At some point, I believe that this book really contents the life’s greatest lesson. Pardon my corny assumption. I’m quite confused where should I begin… Well, let’s start with some preview from the Goodreads page.
“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, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.”
This book starts with anything related to a new class. You know, thing like the curriculum, the syllabus, and everything in between. Albom wrote it perfectly like it was the real class, the one you take on your college day, the one you need to take to get the degree. I like it how he explains about the classroom, the student, the orientation, the taking attendance thing like we were one of Morrie student, those things we need to know before taking the class, doesn’t it? In between, there will be other things about how they meet, like the first time, about how Morrie is a good teacher, and how they grow apart after Albom’s graduation. I really like how real it feels like –because, guess what, it IS real hahaha…–
Albom told us about his days with Morrie, how they spent time together, what they were talking about, what lesson Morrie gave him that day. The way Albom wrote, made us feel like we were there, we remember and got the lesson from Morrie himself. From the first Tuesday to the fourteenth Tuesday, the topic was different but so meaningful.
Albom and his Professor had fourteen Tuesday together and they discussed things we cannot get on college. They spent every Tuesday to discussed many topics, including love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness and also death. Morrie made sure that before his days over, he told everything to Albom, his only student. I am so in love with this book. All the lesson were so related to our own lives as the reader. I feel like I was one of Morrie’s student when I read this book. My favorite part of this book is when they talk about “The Fear of Aging”.
“Mitch, it is impossible for the old not to envy the young. But the issue is to accept who you are and revel in that. This is your time to be in your thirties. I had my time to be in my thirties, and now is my time to be seventy-eight.” … “How can be envious of where you are when I’ve been there myself?”
The other thing that makes me so attached to this book is Morrie’s personality. He had a rare disease, a deadly one, but it didn’t stop him from living his life to the fullest. He used all his time wisely and greatly until the day came, there was not any regret left. It made me reflect on myself, me who has so many things to complain, while still don’t live my life to the fullest. It made me embarrass how I still complaining of every blessing I had now.
Last but not least, below are my favorite quotes from this book:
“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”
“Everyone knows they’re going to die,’ he said again, ‘but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
“Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward.”
“Tears are okay”
See yaa on the next book review, ciao…