The paper “ Tuesdays with Morrie - an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Albom“ is a dramatic variant of book review on sociology. "Tuesdays with Morrie” is a 192-pages book that has become one of the best selling books in the US (and maybe around the world). This is the book which is considered as the kind of book that even readers, who think books should be savored and digested, rather than the gulped whole can finish in a sitting or two. This book highlights an old man, a young man and life's greatest lesson. The Morrie of the title is Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor at Brandeis University.
In his 70s and afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), he is the "old man. " The "young man, " is the author Mitch Albom, who was a student of Morrie's almost two decades before, returns to the "classroom" for some post-graduate study. Or, as he describes it in the opening lines of the book: "The last class of my old professor's life took place once a week in his house, by a window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves.
The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast. The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience. .." Usually, a sentence like "The subject was The Meaning of Life" would be sufficient cause for any reader to quickly deposit the book on the not-worth-reading pile. The Meaning of Life, shrunk to 192 pages, could only be a series of mind-numbing aphorisms. You know, those short, pithy statements expressing some supposedly wise or clever insight that everyone has heard a thousand times before but is now packaged in some pretentious new container.
By reading further for just a few more minutes, however, any reader like me could be hooked. Yes, there are aphorisms in the book. Like "Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others"; "Learn how to die, and you learn how to live"; and "When you're in bed you're dead" (the last meaning you shouldn't succumb to illness, but try to live every moment). But making those aphorisms come alive is the very human story of two vulnerable, needy people who grow to love and appreciate each other. In spring of 1979, the day Mitch Albom graduates from Brandeis, he seeks out his favorite professor, Morrie, to give him a farewell present.
He also promises to stay in touch. But he did not. Sixteen years go by, during which time Albom, working feverishly, built a successful career as a sportswriter. That career was spurred by honors sociology thesis Morrie once encouraged him to write on football. Late one night Albom, flipping channels, hears "Nightline's" Ted Koppel say, "Who is Morrie Schwartz, and why by the end of the night are so many of you going to care about him? " After the show, Albom cared enough to fly 1,000 miles from his home in Detroit to Boston to see his old professor, and for several hours the two sit and talk.
"Although I was unaware of it, " he writes, "our last class had just begun. "
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