The Five People You Meet in Heaven

by Mitch Albom | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0786868716 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Sobergirl of Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on 2/3/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, February 03, 2005
Funny..I just released my paperback copy today, and then I find this hardback copy at the book sale for a bargain price.. :) Looks like I'm supposed to have this one in my shelf!


From amazon.com:

Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"


Mitch Albom



Journal Entry 2 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, April 07, 2005
Will travel to SweetPetunia in Australia. RABCK.


Journal Entry 3 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, April 08, 2005
Will send to SweetPetunia today.
Enjoy!
And please RABCK it to someone who's got it on their wishlist when you're done with it. This is however just a sugegstion.

Journal Entry 4 by SweetPetunia from Ruse, New South Wales Australia on Monday, April 11, 2005
Have just received this from sobergirl in Finland as an RABCK! :)

I'm going to give this one priority because sobergirl has asked that I also send on to someone who has it on his/her wishlist.

Thanks Laila! (Finland looks just beautiful....!)

Journal Entry 5 by SweetPetunia from Ruse, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, April 23, 2005
Any book that brings emotions to the surface is a jewel, and this is one of them.

So simply written but the subject itself can be complicated - or do we make it that way....?

In all honesty, I cried.

Many thanks to Sobergirl for RABCKing this to me and I shall find another BCer who will also be so touched....

Journal Entry 6 by SweetPetunia from Ruse, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
This book is now winging it's way to the good ol' US of A.

A reminder to Breeni - don't forget - Sobergirl has asked that this book be reserved for RABCK's only, so when you've finished it please pass it on to another BCer likewise. :-)

Journal Entry 7 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
I'm glad the book is being RABCK'ed forward, however it's not a demand, just a SUGGESTION that it be RABCK'ed to as many people as possible :)
Everyone, enjoy it! It's a wonderfully touching story!

Journal Entry 8 by Breeni from Kannapolis, North Carolina USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
Received today! Thanks so much! I will read and pass along soon!

Journal Entry 9 by Breeni from Kannapolis, North Carolina USA on Sunday, August 21, 2005
TBR next, then sending to SandDanz for an M-Bag to Xeyra. It was on her wishlist.

Journal Entry 10 by Breeni from Kannapolis, North Carolina USA on Monday, August 29, 2005
I found this book really depressing. I liked the message that whatever we do affects someone somewhere at all times, but I was a little annoyed with some of the generic ideas of death and the afterlife that the author presented.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this. I'm going to RABCK it to SandDanz for an M-bag to Xeyra.

Journal Entry 11 by Breeni at on Monday, August 29, 2005

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Mailing to SandDanz along with some other books. Thanks for passing this along!

Journal Entry 12 by SandDanz from New Albany, Indiana USA on Friday, September 02, 2005
Received today and I am putting it with Xeyra's stash of book for the M-bag. :)

Journal Entry 13 by Xeyra from Seixal, Setúbal Portugal on Thursday, January 05, 2006
It's here, it's here!!! After two months traveling, it's here! Thank you so much! Wow, this book surely has traveled. Finland, Australia, the USA and now Portugal. I hope to read it soon and promise to pass it on as a RABCK to someone else in the future, and I'll even see if I can send it to some country it hasn't been in yet!

Journal Entry 14 by Xeyra from Seixal, Setúbal Portugal on Thursday, April 24, 2008
This book is going to buffy25 as a RABCK on behalf of Brewski.

Journal Entry 15 by buffy25 from Moncton, New Brunswick Canada on Friday, May 23, 2008
Recieved this today from xeyra.Thanks so much.Been wanting to read this for a while.

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