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4.0 out of 5 stars Living till the Very End, October 19, 2007
This review is from: Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (Mass Market Paperback)
The special thing about this book was that this was the first book my teenager niece ever read. And it made her cry again and again. This got me curious and I borrowed the book and read it slowly over a week or so. As my father had also passed on recently after an illness, the story had a personal relevance for me.

The book is written in extremely simple language, and there is very little complex philosophy here. The story (apparently real) is about an aged sociology professor who is told that he is about to die due to a terminal illness. This sets him thinking - and he decides to approach his death with dignity, openness and as an essential part of living. He also decides to continue living till the very end, continuing with his profession - teaching. His last months end up as a special lesson in real life for one of his favourite students.

The book is well-written and appeals to one at an emotional level. The progress of Prof. Morrie's passing on maintains one's interest in the story - there is no other complex plot. Death is a much more frightening prospect in West, than it is in the East. It is therefore easy to see the greatness of the teaching in this book. However, some of the extra lessons (embedded in the story) are laced with a kind of rejection of modern life - some people may find this annoying.

Reading the book has a slightly negative effect, as it focuses on death and describes many of the last moments in great, personal detail. However, this also had an interesting consequence.

It led me to pick up Deepak Chopra's 'Life After Death: The Burden of Proof' recently. I found this book to be much more healing and positive about death than 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. Where Morrie merely accepts his impending death, and tries to continue living till the end, Deepak Chopra shows an alternate approach - how to see death as a mere continuation of one's journey, may be with some extra benefits even. This is perhaps what Lord Jesus meant when he asked Judas to free him from the body that he found himself trapped in (The Gospel of Judas).

All in all, a good book.
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