378: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

by Gerard


378.12092: Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. New York: Doubleday, 1997. 192 pp. ISBN 0-385-48451-8.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 300: Social Sciences
  • 370: Education
  • 378: Higher education
  • 378.1: Organization and activities in higher education
  • 378.12: Faculty and teaching
  • +092: Biography

Today’s review is going to be a short one. The only reason for that is that this book has already been read by millions of people, each with varying opinions of it. I won’t try to convince you of one perspective or the other.

Years ago, when author Mitch Albom was a derelict in college, he was befriended by a wonderful sociology professor who took him under his wing. After three years of tutelage and guiding him to a honors thesis, Prof. Morrie Schwartz became more than a teacher—he became a friend.

Years passed. Albom graduated, became a sports journalist, got married, and chased after all the things he believed he should have. Then, one day, he heard a chance news story of a man who was dying. He spends his last months penning philosophical aphorisms and enjoying time with all of his friends. It was his old friend: Morrie.

Albom resolves to reignite their old friendship and visits him every Tuesday until he dies. They share their lives, their fears, and their loves with each other. Albom learns to live a more deliberate life and Morrie is able to share in the company of a dear friend.

Albom’s recounting of his favorite professor’s last days is schmaltzy but never overly so. Morrie’s truths are simple, but they’re exactly what one would expect from a man who has finally learned that life isn’t all that complicated. It’s a short book about learning, friendship, love, and dying. It seems like one those books that you come back to every five or so years to re-acquaint yourself with the simple things in life. A quick and lighthearted read.