WHO’S READING WHAT . reader’s recommendations
New York: Doubleday, c1997.
Call No.: 378.12092 ALB
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This book brings to light ‘The Essence of Life’ of which most of us are quite unaware of until we have read this book – about the author’s close relationship with his dying mentor and ideal teacher, Morrie Schwartz.
Albom discovers life through the death of a dear friend and beloved teacher. His lessons with Morrie showed him what were truly significant in life. In his lessons, Morrie simply clarified what were the important things through some of these topics: death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness and a meaningful life. We learn from this book that the most important lesson in life is the relationships built with others that are bound by compassion and love.
The terminally-ill professor and his successful student both exchange wonderful gifts of love and eternal friendship. It is a wise and loving story which is deeply moving and touching, expressing a man’s love, respect and devotion for his mentor, furthermore, we also learn of aging, suffering and dying which are built into our lives. It helps us see the true nature of things and makes us realise that things are impermanent.
This book leaves behind forever lasting reflections and memories of a wise man, full of love and insight, courage and generosity. Indeed this story can be passed on as a ‘valuable gift and incredible treasure’ to posterity who will surely remember Morrie as a great man and a truly gifted teacher.
Contributed by Su Sundee Myint, SRJC Student Librarian
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