Throughout the book, Morrie recites a quote by his favorite poet or
this variation in his own words. This is one of the most important lessons
he wishes to teach Mitch and express on “Nightline”. Morrie feels that
love and compassion are necessary for a person to be fulfilled. Morrie
says that when love abounds, there is no higher sense of fulfillment one
Morrie’s lessons often contribute this theme that one should reject
pop-culture values and standards and instead develop his or her own values.
Morrie sees pop-culture as a dictator under which we must suffer. Morrie
was able to create his own set of culture and values founded on love,
acceptance and open communication.
Morrie often talks about detaching himself from his experience, especially
when he suffers from violent coughing spells. Morrie bases this theory
of detachment, from a Buddhist philosophy. He feels that no one should
cling to anything, and that everything that exists is impermanent. Through
detaching himself, he is able to remove himself from his surroundings
into his own consciousness. This way he is able to gain perspective in
uncomfortable and stressful situations.
The mood changes slightly throughout the novel; however, the mood is
mostly solemn because we know from the very beginning of the book that
Morrie is dying. At times we can feel Morrie’s positive personality, when
he is joking with Ted Koppel or Mitch, and we sense more of a light hearted
tone. The novel also expresses a mood of reflection and enlightenment
during Morrie’s lessons.
Morrie Schwartz was one of Mitch Albom’s college professors. Since his college graduation, Mitch and Morrie gradually lost touch; however, Mitch rediscovered Morrie during the last months of his life and they were able to rekindle their friendship. Mitch visited Morrie every Tuesday, in his study, which turned into a private lesson on how to live life. Tuesdays With Morrie is the magical result of Mitch and Morrie’s time spent together in the months leading to his death.
Mitch Albom is not only a best-selling author, he is also a newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, radio host for ABC and WJR-AM in Detroit.
Albom is a native of Philadelphia, PA and attended Brandeis University, where he obtained his degree in sociology. He then attended Columbia University for his Master's Degree in journalism and business administration.
Mitch Albom has written seven other books, including the bestseller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. His other works include Live Albom I, Live Albom II, Live Albom III, Live Albom IV, BO, which is the autobiography of Bo Schemechler, and Fab Five, which is a story about the University of Michigan's men's basketball recruits who became starters as freshman, during the 1990's.
Aside from writing novels, Albom has also been deemed the #1 Sports Columnist
in the Nation by the sports editors of America. He has received over 100
writing awards from National Sportswriters and Broadcasters Associations,
Headliners Club as well as many others. His work has also appeared in
publications such as Sports Illustrated, GQ Magazine, The New York Times,
USA Today, and TV Guide.
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