so it’s been a while since i did this review for a school project… and if i didn’t browse my laptop before i cleaned it, this review would’ve been at the recycle bin by now… 🙂 this book, is one of the books that made me cry… and when i read my review, it opened a wound in my heart again… but even if this will make you weep in the middle of the street, and lord knows how embarrassing that would be YOU STILL HAVE TO GIVE THIS BOOK A SHOT IN YOUR “TO-READ” LIST if you haven’t read it that is… if you did, well… let’s weep together.. 🙂
“My old professor, meanwhile, was stunned by the normalcy of the day around him. Shouldn’t the world stop? Don’t they know what has happened to me?
But the world did not stop, it took no notice at all, and as Morrie pulled weakly on the car door, he felt as if he were dropping into a hole.
Now what? He thought.”
Seventy-seven-year-old Morrie Schwartz has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a brutal, unforgiving illness, and for some people who knew Morrie, it was a little bit unfair. Having a terminal disease is not a joke at all. Some people shut themselves out, and sulk in the remaining days of their lives; while others do everything they can to survive a disease. But Morrie was not like the others. Instead of doing these things, he made everyday a perfect day. He did not fight the disease but accepted it, and did everything he could to show the world that dying was not the worst thing that could happen to you.
“Ted, when all this started, I asked myself, ‘Am I going to withdraw from the world, like most people do or am I going to live?’ I decided I’m going to live-or at least try to live-the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor, with composure.” –Morrie
Morrie was a good man. The one who always did the right thing, one who never lets anyone control his life just because it was his, and the one who knew his mistakes and tried to make up for it. He regretted a lot of things like most people did, but instead of regretting, he tried to compensate things with everything he got. He knew that anger and pride would not get him anywhere, so he tried the one that it would get him somewhere. And that was forgiveness.
Most part of the story happened on Morrie’s home in West Newton, Boston. It was where Morrie was on the remaining days of his life. It would be more serene to be somewhere you had been most of the time, than to be somewhere foreign and had no connection with. Morrie was what one might call one’s “favorite professor” because he would not give you an F, not even a B. He would be the one friend you can rely on, knowing that even if what you were telling him was silly, he would still listen and focus on you alone. He would never make you feel like you didn’t get any attention, and in Morrie’s eyes, you were all equal.
“Everyone knows that they’re going to die, but nobody believes it.”
The story started when Mitch, Morrie’s favorite student, saw Morrie looking old, sick, frail, and useless on TV with Ted Koppel. After sixteen years of no communication at all, Mitch did the only thing that came up on his mind: visit his dear, old professor.
As soon as Morrie saw Mitch, he knew that he could not be any happier than he was at that time. And as they talked about how things had been doing in the past years, Mitch did not know if he could take seeing his professor looking so frail and sick. So Mitch decided that it would be the first and last visit with Morrie. But knowing Morrie, he wanted to make up for almost sixteen years of not seeing each other, so he made a last request: for them to make one last thesis together. Who can turn down a dying man’s last request?
“Someone asked me if I worried about being forgotten after I died?”
“Well? Do you?”
“I don’t think I will be. I’ve got so many people who have been involved with me in close, intimate ways. And love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” –Morrie and Mitch
So the thesis begins. Mitch wanted to discuss some things with Morrie , so he wrote the topics, and called it the “what’s-bugging-my-generation list”. The thesis consists of lessons in life. The real ones, where you can learn how to manage the big bad world, the real meaning of power, money, fame, pride, family, relationship, love, dying, fear, forgiveness, society, marriage, and greed. So as Morrie and Mitch did the thesis, Morrie knew that he wanted this to help change the world.
Morrie said that most people focus on their mistakes, that they did not pay any attention to the more important things. That was why the world had gone into chaos and problems. He wanted to transform the world, or to at least try to improve the world. And by doing this thesis with Mitch he knew that even if he could not transform the whole world, he can at least try to help one person, knowing that one person is enough to finish what he had started.
“Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much you have them.” –Morrie
This is an emotional kind of book, which made its readers laugh, cry, get frustrated, realize, love, cherish, forgive, and regret at the same time.
The student section begins a chant, “we’re number one! We’re number one!” morrie is sitting nearby. He is puzzled by the cheer. At one point, in the midst of “we’re number one!” he rises and yells, “What’s wrong with being number two?”
The students looked at him. They stopped chanting. He sat down, smiling and triumphant.
For a high school student you would think that this kind of book is too mature. And making you read this for a school activity is not what most high school students want, especially when you have a hectic schedule and you have to finish a 192-page book with a review of it. My first thought was “why do I have to read this? Can’t I just make a review of a book I’ve read before?” but after reading this book, I know that it would make a big change on a person’s life, specifically on my personality. “Stumbling” into something takes you somewhere.
“Don’t let go too soon. But don’t hang on too long.”
hope this book can have a place in the bookworm heart of yours… 😀