The Five People You Meet in Heaven-- book review
The novel begins with a countdown to the death of Eddie, a crippled, elderly man who works in maintenance at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park. Eddie goes to heaven, where he travels through many shifting colors until he meets the Blue Man, who was one of the “circus freaks. The Five People You Meet in Heaven study guide contains a biography of Mitch Albom, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes. The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom. It follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. Eddie is killed and sent to.
I vaguely remember when exactly I read this but I remember I read this couple of months before I broke up with my current-boyfriend and it was around the end of the year. Maybe September-October to November. It is significant to know when I read because it is one of the reasons why this book just stays in my mind. I pictured myself as Eddie. An old man with so many bruises physically and emotionally draging the last breath he had to carry before he died and saved a little girl's life.
With a cause he died which for me is amazing! Then he met the five people that bumped into his life for a second and even for a lifetime that he might didn't remember or know them before when he was alive. These five people were there to answer all of his unanswered questions about his life and why God had purposes with him in his life even when he thought that he had no value at all - This too amazes me still; have you EVER wondered why are you here on earth? And the story evolved from there.
And all the classic questions that I believe WE all are facing now are written so nicely by Albom. With jokes, with poems, with simple everyday words.
Albom didn't preach within this book which I think it is the risk of writing such subject - and the fact that he didn't preach makes it universal for all races and religions to read.
And be spiritually touched. And so how does this effect on me with the broke-up? I was angry all the time and didn't understand why I was treated so bad by a man and how I thought I have not a value to go on.
Then a friend's death which rolled me back to the time I read this book in the first place reminds me of how life goes on and how life NEEDS to go on. God has purposes with us, even if it means only to be a bell-boy of a grand hotel, or to be a mistress, or to be a virgin queen or to be an ordinary guy standing on the train station. Little things matter the most.
On the account of this book, I got to know that Albom had written another grand book about life-death-God previously before this book. I haven't read the previous one; Tuesday with Morrie which led to a movieso I am really looking forward to read it after reading this. He discovers in this second encounter in Heaven that his captain shot him in order to save him from being burned in the tent. He comes to accept the act of the captain, who was determined to leave no one behind.
The lesson he learns is that no one dies for nothing and that when you sacrifice something precious, such as a leg, you always gain something. Eddie just doesn't know yet what he has gained. The third person Eddie meets is a woman named Ruby, for whom Ruby Pier was named long before Eddie's time.
He meets her near a diner, where Eddie is shocked to find his father. She takes him to a scene in his family's kitchen where an old friend of his father's, Mickey Shea, attempts to assault his mother.
His father comes home and chases Mickey with a hammer but ends up rescuing him from an attempted suicide-by-drowning off the pier.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Book Review
Ruby tells Eddie that his father is angry but that he can't let an old friend die without trying to save him. Mickey befriended Eddie's father in times of need. Besides, Mickey has just lost his job because of his drinking and is drunk at the time.
His father gets them both out of the water, but he is unable to get himself up from the beach for several hours. He dies of pneumonia a few weeks later, and Eddie ends up working on the Pier to save his father's job.
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Once his father dies, he stays on the job, and he and Marguerite move into the same apartment house where he had grown up. The lesson he learns from this encounter is taught by Ruby.
She tells him that anger is self-destructive and that he must forgive. Eddie goes back to the diner and kneels beside his father, who is not able to hear him or speak to him because he has already moved on in Heaven. Eddie tells him that he has forgiven him and is letting his resentment go.
The fourth person Eddie meets is his wife, Marguerite.
Their relationship was a rewarding and fulfilling one although it went through a bad period when Eddie lost money at a racetrack.
The money would have paid for the adoption of a child that Marguerite wanted very much, since she was unable to bear children.
He called her from the racetrack to tell her that he was winning, and she was angry and begged him to come home. In retaliation for her anger, he foolishly gambled away all he had won. She was remorseful that she was angry when he called and drove to the racetrack to tell him so. On the way, she had an accident and was seriously injured. Eventually, they got past the damage that had been done, and for the last three years before she died of a brain tumor, they were once again close and supportive.
Now they have a happy reunion in Heaven, organized against the backdrop of several weddings from different countries.
The lesson that he learns from this fourth encounter is that lost love is still love. It just takes a different form. Although life has to end, love doesn't.
The fifth person Eddie meets is a little girl, named Tala, whom he tried to rescue in the burning tent in the Philippines in the war.