Tuesdays with Morrie


Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom’s best-selling memoir. It revolves around Mitch Albom’s student years and his relationship with his Professor, Morrie, fondly addressed as “Coach”.
After graduating from college, Mitch promises to stay in touch with his professor. The promise is soon forgotten, as Mitch tries to find the right career and a place for him in the society. Over the course of time, days spent with Morrie becomes a fleeting memory till Mitch comes across a TV program where Morrie is being interviewed to understand ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a neurological disease that weakens the muscles and impacts the physical functions of the body. Remembering his promise and knowing that Morrie is left with few months, Mitch returns to meet his professor and what starts off as a casual visit turns into a classroom session on life.
‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ takes the reader on a journey set across 14 Tuesdays where Morrie imparts knowledge on various aspects of like world, family, regrets, money, emotions and so on.
Mitch Albom’s narration leaves the reader wanting for more. It highlights the student-teacher bond and emphasises on the importance of having a mentor in life. This book is a must-read to appreciate the nuances of life and the people in it.
The book has also been made onto a movie by the same name, directed by Mick Jackson, starring prominent actors like Jack Lemmon (as Morrie) and Hank Azaria (as Mitch Albom). It was released in 1999, and the movie won the Primetime Emmy for outstanding lead actor in 2000 and was nominated for awards like the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of September, 2018.