The Five People You Meet in Heaven Paperback
by Mitch Albom
THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE such an astonishing book. The novel's protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the 'Free Fall', dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life. While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was. Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite. THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is the perfect book to follow TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE. Its compellingly affecting themes and lyrical writing will fascinate Mitch Albom's huge readership.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/09/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780751536829
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Review by Clurb
I'll admit that this is a nice idea but the whole thing was just far too sacharine sweet for me. It was overdone and unconvincing.
Review by littleboris
A lovely, easy to read book about one man's experience of heaven. He finds that heaven is a place where five people explain your life on earth. An interesting and strangely reassuring story.
Review by DannyMorris
An interesting idea but it became a bit twee!
Review by ablueidol
Classic argument for treating others as you treat yourself and not being "good" but true as you have no idea of whose lives you have affected and when. I remember that I met a woman at a conference some years ago who when she asked for some information I gave it her. I don't believe in hoarding and controlling, it it helps take. Making the world better depends on the kindness of strangers and if I know what I have done who cares if you don't. This was done within a minute and forgotten. Some 7 years later I met her and she said my example had inspired her to challenge the poor partnership and closed nature of her employer. The negative and bullying response made her decide to change career and so she was now a senior director in a very different profession thanks to me!
Review by jennifermegan23
Fairly dull, though a good topic to think about. I find most of Albom's books to be overly talked up, though. The rest of my book club enjoyed it.
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