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

by Mitch Albom | Journals |
ISBN: 0733609554 Global Overview for this book
Registered by aleonblue of Brisbane, Queensland Australia on 9/4/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, September 04, 2005
What a wonderful and inspiring book - a difficult one to categorise.

Mitch Albom rediscovered his old college professor/mentor in the last months of his life. The rekindling of their relationship led to one last class between the "player" and his "coach" - the lessons on life and how to live. This book documents the weekly Tuesday meetings between Mitch and Morrie, their disussions on life and death and everything in between.

I loved this book and re-reading it brought a lump to my throat and a few tears as well.

I'm offering this up as an International Bookring as there seems to be some interest from other people in reading this book. I hope it is enjoyed by all.

What to do when you receive the book:

1. Log onto the BookCrossing site when you receive the book and add a journal to let us know that you’ve received it ok.
2. Private message (PM) the next person in line to get their mailing address so there won’t be any waiting once you finish the book. If they don’t respond within 10 days, PM the next reader in line (and me too so I know they are no longer interested or will be moved down the line)
3. Read the book within 2 weeks (this one’s a short and quick read) and then add a journal with your thoughts on the book so we all know what you thought of it.
4. Send the book to the next person and journal that you’ve sent it on it’s way.

What if I’m the last in line? PM me and I will send you my mailing address for you to return the book.

What if you’re too other swamped with book commitments and it is almost my turn!? If you find yourself in this situation PM me and I’ll move you a few notches down the liste (if it’s feasible).

Order of Reading is:

* Jackson371 (Burpengary Qld, Aust)- from wishlist
* Bookworm-BNE (Brisbane Qld, Aust)
* Rainbowfizz (NSW, Australia) - Aust only - from wishlist
* Mundoo (South Australia)
* Binkybuffy (South Australia)- will post o/seas
* leeny37 (Melbourne, Victoria) - post i/national - from wishlist
* concertina8 (Austria) - Europe preferred - from wishlist
* MielH (Denmark)- post within Europe - from wishlist
* Simmer (Liverpool, UK) - post anywhere - from wishlist
* turquoisefloyd (Suffolk, UK) - post anywhere - from wishlist
* MaureenHB (Surrey, UK) - post UK prefered - from wishlist
* Bubble74 (Surrey, UK) - post UK only - from wishlist
* LondonEye (Surrey, UK) - post anywhere - from wishlist
* coolboxuk (Surrey, UK) - post international surface - from wishlist
* Gothmarus (Yorkshire, UK) - post anywhere - from withlist - skip
* alans-daughter (Hertfordshire, UK)- post UK preferred - from wishlist
* Rudifun23 (Southampton, UK) - prefer within Europe (from wishlist)
* CaterinaAnna - post international (Coventry, UK) - from wishlist
* Tanamo (Leicestershire, UK) - post i'national - from wishlist
* Nell-Lu (Scotland, UK) - UK/Europe postage preferred
* kuju (London, UK) - post international - from wishlist
* TracyR (Cardiff, Wales) - ship international (from wishlist)
* LESEHEST (Trondheim, Norway) - from wishlist
* rumble-bee (Velbert, Germany) - post international (from wishlist) (BOOK IS HERE)
* bookmanu (Cascais, Portugal)- post anywhere - from wishlist
* Saphyre (Indiana, USA) - post US only - from wishlist
* mlburgess2 (Kentucky, USA) - post US only - from wishlist
* k00kaburra (California, USA) - US preferred - from wishlist
* literarylover (Miamia, Florida, USA) - US postage only - from wishlist
* KarenBC (British Columbia, Canada) - post anywhere
* c-a-m (Blacktown, NSW)
* Final return to Aleonblue(Brisbane Qld)

Skipped at this stage

* celticstar (Shropshire, UK) - post anywhere - from wishlist

Journal Entry 2 by jackson371 from Burpengary, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Received the book today and have started reading it! Thanks Aleonblue!
I have added the stamps to the bag also - what a great idea!!!!

Journal Entry 3 by jackson371 from Burpengary, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 13, 2005
WoW!!! If this doesn't make you cry I don't know what will....

Posting to bookworm-BNE today.

aleonblue - I have also added stamps from Greece and USA

Journal Entry 4 by bookworm-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, September 18, 2005
Going to the Post Office is so much fun these days :)
On to of my pile of parcels too big for the PO Box was this book wrapped in gorgeous teddybear wrapping paper! Put a big smile on my face. Thank you Jackson371 ! And Aleonblue for starting the ring. Have added stamps already.
It's going to the top of the pile !

Journal Entry 5 by bookworm-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, September 22, 2005
What an amazing book - or rather what an amazing man, so much to learn from a little book. Of course none of it is new, but that doesn't mean most of us don't need to hear it. I feel strangely empowered by it, yes it was sad/emotional of course, but also extremely uplifting and confirms a desire for community that keeps growing with me. I'm going to stop rambling now, it's all packed up and addressed - sending to RainbowFizz in the morning.

Journal Entry 6 by rainbowfizz from Padstow Heights, New South Wales Australia on Monday, September 26, 2005
Having read 'Five People you Meet in Heaven' last week, I was eagerly awaiting this one. I expected I would have a really good cry (as I did with Five People), but I have to admit I didn't. I don't really know why - I was saddened when Morrie was diagnosed but that was about it. It reinforced alot of beliefs I already have in life and reminded me to be forgiving and let go, a lesson I have only recently learnt.

I guess I was hoping, or expecting rather, a life changing set of rules to live by. Still, while I wasn't 'blown away', I did enjoy the book, and I'm sure Morrie was an inspiration to many.

I shall get this one in the post before the end of the week. Thank you for sharing aleonblue

Journal Entry 7 by rainbowfizz from Padstow Heights, New South Wales Australia on Monday, September 26, 2005
This is packaged and has an address and is off with me to the post office now.

Journal Entry 8 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Arrived today. Next to be read.

Journal Entry 9 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
An interesting story. I read this fairly quickly and have to admit I had already learnt some of the lessons when my husband was dying 8+ years ago. Like Morrie my late husband didn't decide to die, he lived every day to the best of that day's ability and savoured the journey he was taking.

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Posted to Binkybuffy

Journal Entry 11 by binkybuffy from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Thursday, October 06, 2005
Got book today thankyou will journal when I finish, looks good,have some stamps for you.

Journal Entry 12 by binkybuffy from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Monday, October 10, 2005
As soon as I started reading this book I remembered that I had seen the movie on TV twice. So I knew exactly what was going to happen. I still enjoyed reading it though. I sort of related to some of it as my father is in and out of hospital now he is elderly. Morrie was an exceptional sort of man, the sort you would be lucky to know and be friends with. Very good book and the movie was very moving also.

Journal Entry 13 by binkybuffy from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Thursday, October 13, 2005
Read it now and sent it to Leeny. Really enjoyed it, although I got confused and thought Morrie was a dog book.Good book and just the same now I remember watching the film on TV a few years ago.
Added quite a few stamps mostly Aussie and 4 Canadian ones

Journal Entry 14 by leeny37 from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Sunday, October 16, 2005
I received this today from binkybuffy, thanks! I'm really looking forward to this as I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven'. Thanks aleonblue for slotting me in at the last minute, will share my thoughts when I'm finished! :)

Journal Entry 15 by leeny37 from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Monday, October 24, 2005
I finished reading this on Sunday night, which left me in tears and prompted my boyfriend to go, "What book is this?!". This also resulted in me having a headache for most of Monday morning, hee hee. Just like rainbowfizz, this book didn't create a lightbulb moment for me, but I was still very touched by the story of Morrie. I don't have any personal experiences with death; I had a pet dog die when I was a kid (which was a crushing experience for me at that age) but beyond that, the closest one was when my boyfriend's cousin passed away suddenly last year at the age of 25. I had met him a couple of times and the news came as a shock to both of us but it had a bigger impact on my boyfriend as they grew up together and were pretty close like brothers. I don't think there will be a radical change in my way of life, but I will try to be more patient and not to lose sight of what is really important in life. Thanks aleonblue for sharing this book and I will be sending it on its international travels shortly.

PS. I also popped in some US stamps for ya!

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Flying off to concertina8 via airmail, hopefully it will arrive in Europe safe and sound within 7-10 days! :)

Journal Entry 17 by concertina8 from Wien Bezirk 13 - Hietzing, Wien Austria on Thursday, November 03, 2005
arrived safely in vienna via mailman. i've really been looking forward to this - receiving it is very likely all the motivation i need to speed up on the book i'm currently reading.

Journal Entry 18 by concertina8 from Wien Bezirk 13 - Hietzing, Wien Austria on Monday, November 07, 2005
as expected, this was a very quick read. i finished it in two sittings, as i started late in the evening both times.

absolutely beautiful. i don't tear up easily, but my eyes got very moist a few times. made me wish I had had a teacher like that. the teachers i encountered over 13 years of school were nowhere near morrie schwartz in terms of enthusiasm. they rarely tried to "connect" with students and only tried to get through their plan for the school year. and those plans are mostly ridiculous and impossible to get through which is frustrating for both sides.

looking back at my time in school there are a few teachers i consider "good" in what he/she does. i was a very critical student towards them, as - unlike some of my peers - i really wanted to "learn" something when it came to the subjects i enjoyed (as for some of the subjects, i couldn't care less and just tried to get through the lessons). i DO have a favorite teacher. the reason he is and always will be my favorite is that in his classes (german and history) i had the feeling i truly learned things. however, he was VERY strict and feared by many, because he expected his students to pay attention and constantly tested our knowledge and dedication. he still askes about me when he runs into my mother....and he liked me as a student. sadly, he had to quit because of health problems. why is it that only seems to happen to *good* teachers?

of course, the teacher/student-relation for me always ended with the bell. i did go to school in the US for a year and my feeling was that the relation is a totally different one - more "friendly" in a way. it was somehow easier to connect with the teachers, partly because there are so many after-school-activities. american teachers (the ones i encountered, at least) are more enthusiastic about their work somehow. so, maybe there are a few morries out there.

thank you very much for sharing.

this will travel on, shortly.

Journal Entry 19 by concertina8 at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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mailing the book (& stamps) today

Journal Entry 20 by MieLH from Odense, Fyns Amt Denmark on Saturday, November 19, 2005
The book and the stamps are now safe with me :) I'm looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 21 by MieLH from Odense, Fyns Amt Denmark on Sunday, November 20, 2005
When I recieved this book I thought: Oh no! Two weeks to read this book... it can't possible be done at this time!! But guess what... it has taken me less than 24 hours :) I was captured. Mostly by the teacher/student thing, that made me think of old times, at various schools, with different people where one learns how to be reflective and think deeper than before. I was having a hard time relating to the death thing. I haven't had anyone close to me die yet and I'm somewhat in denial still...! But it's a beautiful book and it's already being recommended to friends.

21.nov '05: I PM'ed turquoisefloyd yesterday... and then just realized that it was actually Simmer's turn to get the book! Oops... I'll e-mail both straight away!

25.nov '05: Simmer has PM'ed me his address. Book will be on its way within a few days.

28.nov '05: Book sent off today :)

Journal Entry 22 by Simmer from Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 08, 2006
This was a very enjoyable book but very sad at the same time. It made me realise that I'm lucky to be fit and healthy and that a lot of the things that Morrie couldn't do at the end are things that we all take for granted. I knew I would love it after I saw the small extract in The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Thanks very much for the lend and I'm really sorry that I took so long to pass it on. :( PMed turquoisefloyd for her address to carry on the ring.

Journal Entry 23 by Simmer from Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, February 10, 2006
In the mail to turquoisefloyd.

Journal Entry 24 by abitstormyout from Ely, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 19, 2006
Just received from Simmer as I've been away all week!! Thanks - Hope to get to it very soon!

:-)

Journal Entry 25 by abitstormyout from Ely, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 03, 2006
I read Tuesdays With Morrie in less than two hours, as I did The Five People You Meet in Heaven. And again I cried, but this time I haven't gotten as hysterical as I did before - with Five People, I was sobbing for 20 minutes after but that was due to the fact that it touched some very raw points in me, as I lost my boyfriend to cancer in late 2002 and... well... I don't know what else I can say about that really. Five People made me feel that maybe I will see him again one day. Tuesdays With Morrie has given me faith that there is an army of good people in the world, it's just that we have to turn hatred on it's head so that we can indeed, love each other and not have to die, after all.

And it's also made me see what an ocean of love I have around me. And that I should appreciate that. And never feel lonely, or that everyone's against me.

Because they're not.

Thank you for sharing, aleonblue.

Will PM MaureenHB for her address so I can send it on!

Journal Entry 26 by abitstormyout at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 06, 2006

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On it's way to MaureenHB. Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 27 by MaureenHB from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 10, 2006
Received this yesterday with thanks.. and I have read it already! I found it moving and emotional, I almoxt wish I could keep it to read again in a while.. but don't worry I won't. Have PM'd the next person on the list. Thanks aleonblue for the chance to read this book. ( I have added stamps too, what a great idea.)

Journal Entry 28 by Bubble74 on Thursday, April 06, 2006
Have recieved the book safely. Am about to start reading it. Thank you MaureenHB!

Journal Entry 29 by Bubble74 on Thursday, June 22, 2006
This is something quite special - a reminder of how life is much simpler then we make it out and HOW precious. An example of LIVING life to the full.

Journal Entry 30 by rem_XGD-219596 on Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Thanks a lot for this book which I arrived today. I'll be taking it on holiday with me end of the week and should be able to pass it on when I come back.

Journal Entry 31 by rem_XGD-219596 on Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I signed up for this book after having read Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet In Heaven", and I must say it hasn't let me down at all! I read it through nearly in one go, and found the gentle unfolding of wisdom quite fascinating. Not entirely new, but brought home with a new intensity through the setting of the slowly wasting dying man. It did certainly remind me to take some of them on board more decisively!

Journal Entry 32 by alans-daughter from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 27, 2006
Arrived Monday 24th. thanks coolboxuk. I will get to this one next.

Journal Entry 33 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Arrived while I was away & picked up today. Am starting tonight ...

*****

I too preferred 'Five people ...', but in spite of that and the comments below enjoyed this while I was reading it.

I was glad Morrie decided to live out his remaining days as he did & warmed to him, but thought the narrator was a bit ...emm ... I suppose a bit of a whiner really & I found him rather unsympathetic.

Like some earlier journallers I didn't find anything Morrie had to say to be a particular revelation, but maybe that's a consequence of my earlier reading, because I'm certainly not wise enough to claim I've figured it all out for myself!

*****

Have PM'd Tanamo so I can pass it on.

Journal Entry 34 by wingTanamowing from Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I enjoyed this book as it certainly makes you think about today's materialistic society and I did get a bit sniffly at the end. Can't help wondering if the author altered his ways as a result and whether he did go on to have any children.
Will PM Neil-Lu now so I can pass it on.
Tanamo

Journal Entry 35 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, October 05, 2006
This just arrived: thanks Tanamo for sending it to me; thanks aleonblue for starting the ring; and thanks everyone else for getting it this far! I'm in the middle of another book, so will finish that and then move onto Tuesdays with Morrie - probably over the weekend.

Journal Entry 36 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, October 09, 2006
I was really pleased to learn that the advance from this book had helped pay Morrie's medical bills as, like CaterinaAnna, I found the narrator somewhat annoying, and I had concerns about his motivation throughout. However, Morrie was clearly very brave and full of life, and his story is an individual tragedy handled admirably.

I PMed kuju on Thursday but haven't heard back. I'll send another PM now, and get this moving as soon as I have an address.

UPDATE 09 October 2006: I have kuju's Copenhagen address and will get Tuesdays with Morrie out in this afternoon's post.

Journal Entry 37 by kuju from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Safely arrived in Copenhagen. I am in the middle of another book but somehow, I accidently started reading this one. So it should be finished soon :) Thanks for sending it my way!

Journal Entry 38 by kuju from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, November 02, 2006
This was a wonderful book and it touched me emotionally. To be filled with so many friends and loved ones on your last journey through life to say goodbye is something not everyone gets to experience. Definitely one to encourage you to make the most of every day of your life and live it to the fullest.

I finished a week or so ago and sorry I didn't journal sooner but I have been trying to get in contact with celticstar, no response, so I've pm'd TracyR. Still waiting on an address and I can move this one along.

Journal Entry 39 by TracyR on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Arrived safely with me today. I finished my last bookring last night so will be able to start this one straight away. I am looking forward to it.
Thanks kuju for the post-card and the visitor advice. I will certainly try to see a few of your recommendations.

Journal Entry 40 by TracyR on Thursday, November 16, 2006
I actually read this book in one sitting. A night with nothing to do but read - it was great.
Loved this book and found it so sad.
Thanks for including me in this ring.
I will Pm the next person on the list and hopefully get this back on its travels in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 41 by TracyR on Friday, November 24, 2006
Celticstar has asked to be skipped so i sent this out by surface mail today to LESEHEST.

Journal Entry 42 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I received the book yesterday. Thanks for the card, TracyR. It was really cool!
And thanks for sharing your book with us, aleonblue.
Love the idea with the stamps!

Will PM rumble-bee in germany and start reading right away; can`t wait!

Journal Entry 43 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Thursday, November 30, 2006
I finished this book this morning before I got up from bed...
Cried the last 5 pages.
I liked the book, but it wasn`t as good as I thought it would be.
I guess I had big expectations from reading all this journal entries.

Added stamps from Norway, Egypt, Ghana, Denmark, USA, Sweden and Guatemala.

Will be sent to rumble-bee when I receive her/his adress :)

Journal Entry 44 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Saturday, December 02, 2006
Sent to rumble-bee

Safe Journey!

Journal Entry 45 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, December 10, 2006
Thanks so much, everybody, for letting me take part in this ring! Especially to Lesehest for sending it along so swiftly.
(by the way, I also love the idea with the stamps!)
I understand this is a book of non-fiction, so my expectations are pretty high. In general, real-life-stories are much more vivid and thoughtful than imagined ones. I just finished "the 5 people you meet in heaven", by the same author, and it was not quite what I thought. I hope this one will be better.

Journal Entry 46 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I finished the book yesterday evening, and I'm a bit unsure how to describe my feelings.
Great idea, great "story", remarkable protagonists - a quick and good read, yes. But I still think this book had better been written by somebody else.
As I already mentioned, I just read another book by this author, and I think he has stepped into the same traps when writing this one. He cuts, idealizes, shortens and realigns as he thinks fit; but sometimes his style is adding way too much sweetness to a story that would have had even more impact if left "untouched"; if you know what I mean... Let me put it this way. It's like adding sugar to pancakes with maple syrup... simply too much!
For example, I don't really think they were tackling just ONE topic per Tuesday. And I couldn't stand Albom's writing on the first two and on the last page.
Nevertheless, I am giving out 8 points for this book. This is for Morrie, who really must have been a remarkable person. I would have liked to meet him.

I'm going to ask for the next address right away.

Journal Entry 47 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, February 08, 2007
bookmanu has already received this book from his/her birthday-Buddy.
so I am going to contact Saphyre now.

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