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4.0 out of 5 stars Greater Texture and Focus Elevate Another Sentimental Journey Upward, September 26, 2006
This review is from: For One More Day (Hardcover)
I have to admit that I found Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" a mostly unsatisfying piece of sentimental treacle, but I was led to his latest book because of the subject matter, the death of one's mother and the palpable regrets afterward for a life underappreciated. Whose life is what makes this a more textured effort since one expects the book to focus primarily on a put-upon mother when it becomes as much an exercise in rebuilding one's self-esteem. The book becomes even more worthwhile when the perspective moves away from the occasional navel-gazing.

Perhaps because I find some of the experiences depicted in the story quite cathartic, I am unexpectedly moved by the author's work this time. The rather simplistic story focuses on former baseball player Chick Benetto who is still depressed over his mother's death eight years later and attempts suicide. In the process, he gets to spend a day with his mother as he reflects on the past. You can see the moral messages coming a mile away and the supernatural aspects take on a somewhat unctuous quality, but Albom manages to make the story resonate in some unexpected ways. It's a quick read that I recommend for anyone who has experienced the loss of a parent.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2006 9:11:15 AM PDT
Thomas says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2007 8:51:09 AM PST
Pretty easily- it's overrated, emotionally manipulative, and unoriginal.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2007 3:38:30 PM PDT
Lynn says:
There is obviously a good deal to like. It has drawn so many readers who spread the word to others. It was a best seller that appealed to all ages, both male and female. Some people believe that they are professional critics and they put down others. I believe that sometimes there is more than a small amount of envy of another person's success. We all have our preferences and the majority of people loved the book.
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