4 stars out of 5.
From the author of Tuesday’s with Morrie, Mitch Albom’s new book answers the question why we’re here, the reason and purpose of our existence and what difference can we make in this world.
The book follows the story of 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park, who’s questioning his existence. The reader is introduced to Eddie on the very same day that he dies. Mostly of his life was devoted to fixing rides at a run-down amusement park. Then unknowingly, exactly on his 83rd birthday, he’s suddenly killed in an accident, as he tried saving a girl from a falling cart from one of the rides. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a heaven that’s far different from how we, the living, picture it to be. And in there, he meets five people people, who have affected his life directly or indirectly, some of whom he doesn’t even know, who explain his existence. We then follow as each of the five people explain Eddie’s life to him, that it is not all boring as he thought it was.
To offer an introduction to the situation that he’s at, the blue man, who is the first person Eddie met explained it this way:
“There are five people you meet in heaven…. Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth…. I am your first person, Edward. When I died, my life was illuminated by five others, and then I came here to wait for you, to stand in your line, to tell you my story, which becomes part of yours. There will be others for you, too. Some you knew, maybe some you didn’t. But they all crossed your path before they died. And they altered it forever.”
The book moves back and forth at the amusement park before and after Eddie’s death , mostly during his previous birthday’s giving us a glimpse as to what his life was, and his encounters in heaven the five people. We follow as we learn his history and how he fails to realize how he is a better person than what he thinks he was when he’s living. We also see how we, even if we don’t know each other, are connected at some point in our lives and how our acts affect other without us knowing. He learns how we all share a special connection, and how that connection can often go unrealized and unappreciated.
The author used death as the central theme of the book which made the book popular and appealing considering that it is the universal characteristic that is shared by every one of us. The author tickled our curiosities about what is it after death. He talked about having closures to everything before becoming at peace.
This is a great and engaging book that describes the meaning of life, what really matters as we live and how we should not struggle to make peace with the past.
The author relayed an honest message and genuine plot using simple language and moves at a good pace. He focused on the story and the characters making it more relatable. One can easily picture what the author wants to relay because this story contains great details despite the rapidly changing locations.
The story is worth reflecting. It is a beautiful story of life and death. This book invites us to look at the meaning of life differently. It tells us that we all of the potential to change the lives of others even through our simple actions.
Despite what the title may suggest, the author veered away from connecting religion to it, rather he let the readers focus on the life lessons of Eddie and it’s implications to us. I already read Tuesday’s with Morrie and this book didn’t fail to satisfy me same as with the first one.
4 stars out of 5.