The Five People You Meet in Heaven is Mitch Albom’s first book that I’ve read, and it probably won’t be the last. The book, first published in 2000, still remain among the favourite books of most people and it is not difficult to understand why.

“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven begins with Eddie, who was working as maintenance chief at an amusement park, dying while trying to rescue a little girl from a falling roller coaster car. After his death, Eddie meets five people in heaven, and these people tell him about his purpose in the world among other things. It sounds like a cheap self-help book, but it’s far from it.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

Crying over fictional characters

At the end of The Five People You Meet in Heaven, I cried a little. I didn’t cry a lot because I was with my friends at a nice restaurant. Because I liked the book very much I was going to give it to one my friends, and I said, let me read these last pages until the food comes. Of course, no one said no, so I started to read. I didn’t think I would cry, I mean I knew it would make me sad but crying is something else. Anyways, I cried a little because my dear friends didn’t let me. They made cruel jokes about crying over a fictional character. So I was angry rather than sad. 

This book is not a fantastic book; Mitch Albom is not a literary giant. Still, it is a good book, and it may make you think about things. Enjoy!

About the book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made Tuesdays with Morrie such an astonishing book. The novel’s protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the ‘Free Fall’, dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life.

While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was. Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the perfect book to follow Tuesdays with Morrie. Its compellingly affecting themes and lyrical writing will fascinate Mitch Albom’s huge readership.

About the author: Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 39 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

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