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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Sunday, April 16, 2006

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?"

This was a pretty good light read for me. I wasn't sure what to expect, considering it's one of those books for the masses, something most people have read because it was listed as a NY Times bestseller. My brother told me it was emotional for him, so I was thinking I'd be very touched by it and maybe even cry.

Well, I didn't cry and I wasn't totally moved by it, but that doesn't change the fact that it was an enjoyable read. I literally read this in about an hour and fifteen minutes, I didn't put it down once. To me this book was something that can inspire people in a very easy going simple writing style. What I got out of reading this is simply that life is short, and we must never take our "little experiences" for granted. Even a fraction of time can make the biggest difference in multiple lives. I'm not too big on "woulda coulda shouldas" and reading this book all the more makes me want to die witout any of them. Sure I've had some bad experiences in my day, but I feel like in the end, they will have served a purpose, be it to teach me a lesson, or make me appreciate the positives in my life.

I'd give this one a 4 out of 5, mainly because it's something a wide variety of readers can enjoy. It's not too heavy, or overdramatic. If you accept that it is just another idea of what the afterlife might be like you can appreciate what this author is trying to accomplish.
posted by Daphne @ 10:28 PM  
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  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Dylan said…

    I haven't read the book but I did see the movie and I thought the movie was really good, I cried buckets...I'll have to try and give this a shot! Thanks for the pimp Daph!

     
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