Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

by Imusti


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  • No one but Mitch Albom could have read Tuesdays with Morrie so effectively. As the author of this inspirational true
    story, Albom uses verbal inflection in exactly the right places to evoke humor, empathy, and emotion. It's an honest
    reading, and the underlying timbre of private memory pushes it past mere recitation to pure storytelling.

    The titular Morrie was Morrie Schwartz, Albom's university professor 20 years before the events being narrated. An
    accidental viewing of an interview with Morrie on Nightline led Albom to become reunited with his old teacher, friend,
    and "coach" at a time when Albom, a successful sportswriter, was struggling to define dissatisfactions with his own life
    and career. Morrie, on the other hand, after a rich life filled with friends, family, teaching, and music, was dying
    from Lou Gehrig's disease, a crippling illness that diminished his activities daily. Albom was one of hundreds of former
    students and acquaintances who traveled great distances to visit Morrie in the final months of his life.

    The 14 Tuesday visits that followed their reunion took Albom--and will take listeners with him--on a journey of
    reawakening to life's best rewards. The story is told in a journalistic style that never crosses into pathos. That a
    professional writer can write well is not surprising, but Albom also reads well, with clear enunciation and a talent for
    mimicry. Another reader might have interpreted the professor's aphorisms as droll humor or wrung a wrong note at an
    inappropriate moment, making the story a maudlin tearjerker; instead it is read for what it is, a tribute to a
    remarkable teacher. (Running time: four hours, three cassettes) --Brenda Pittsley

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