I know that I am well past the Tuesdays with Morrie craze, where it was the book to read and talk about. This blog is an updated blog about all the books I read, and some of them will be older....so with that out of the way.
I loved this book. It is small and relatively easy read, but I admit I put the book down on occasion due to the need to get over some overwhelming feelings, and to think about the prose. Author Mitch Albom had a mentored/mentor type relationship with Morrie. Morrie, a character in himself who loved to dance, even at a ripe "older" age. I personally think that any scholar wishes to make a connection with a Teacher (Professor for Mitch).
The way that Morrie talked so open with Mitch. He wanted to talk, and it almost seemed that Mitch was his mouthpiece. This old man who was terminally ill had much more to teach. I loved that Morrie opened up about his childhood. I personally think that he did so because he felt some nostalgia (good and bad) in his last years.
The most important piece of advice that I believe Morrie was wanting to impart on Mitch was that it was ok to learn, it was important to know, to be curious..to ask questions. I don't want to spoil the book by going over every subject that Mitch and Morrie spoke about in their interviews.
The heart of the story for the author i feel is the renewal and eventual continual bond that Morrie and Mitch had with each other. Mitch weaved his own feeling of life, mortality and how he would feel at the end of his time with Morrie (Morrie's death). as a reader, i believe that Mitch grew and learned from his experience with Morrie, his writing becomes less technical, and more humorous, heartfelt and personal.
To sum up in Mitch's words, "Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom ,could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back.'"
We should all be so very lucky.
For more info about this book visit this site: http://mitchalbom.com/d/books/3856/tuesdays-morrie