The book tells the true story of Morrie Schwartz who is dying of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and what Stephen Hawking has. Morrie Schwartz is Mitch Albom’s former favourite professor at Brandeis University who he promised to keep in touch with. Years later Mitch hears about his condition through an TV interview with Ted Koppel and decides to visit him.
He finds his professor providing even more wisdom as his physical conditions deteriorate. And he starts to fly seven hundred miles to meet his dying professor for the following Tuesday’s, talk about the meaning of life and doing the “final thesis”. This book is the result and the advanced payments also helped to pay the medical bills.
It is Morrie’s personal story and wisdom as well as Mitch’s personal and brilliant writing that makes this book touch our hearts.
“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”