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I never had any desire to read this book or Tuesdays with Morrie for that matter , but a girl in my LSAT class gave it to me to read, so I felt like I had to read it The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an incredibly quick read It has small pages with big font and the content is not at all challenging You could easily read this book in a weekend That said, I don t know if you would want to While the book was mildly entertaining and held my interest I kept wanting to know who Eddie would meet next , I found it to be incredibly preachy and corny Further, the moral at the end was not all that creative or enlightening we are all connectedbig woop.So to the man on the subway who interrupted my reading to tell me that this was an amazing book and I would think of it for years to come all I can say is sorry buddy, but this review is that last time I will think about The Five People You Meet in Heaven, unless it is to tell people that it is overrated. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch AlbomThe 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 heaven, where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive It was published in 2003 by Hyperion and remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 95 weeks 2004 9644181131 21 1384 1389 176 9786001191824 1386 288 1388 160 1389 212. From The Author Of The Phenomenal New York Times Bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie, A Novel That Explores The Unexpected Connections Of Our Lives, And The Idea That Heaven Is Than A Place It S An Answer Eddie Is A Wounded War Veteran, An Old Man Who Has Lived, In His Mind, An Uninspired Life His Job Is Fixing Rides At A Seaside Amusement Park On His Rd Birthday, A Tragic Accident Kills Him As He Tries To Save A Little Girl From A Falling Cart He Awakes In The Afterlife, Where He Learns That Heaven Is Not A Destination It S A Place Where Your Life Is Explained To You By Five People, Some Of Whom You Knew, Others Who May Have Been Strangers One By One, From Childhood To Soldier To Old Age, Eddie S Five People Revisit Their Connections To Him On Earth, Illuminating The Mysteries Of His Meaningless Life, And Revealing The Haunting Secret Behind The Eternal Question Why Was I Here Reread Feb 2019No matter how many times I read this book, its effect on me remains the same Heart breaking and heart warming in equal measureHolding anger is a poison It eats you from inside We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us But hatred is a curved blade And the harm we do, we do to ourselvesOriginal reviewThis book led Mitch Albom to become one of my favourite authors.It s such a wonderful idea, that when you die you are approached by 5 people you may or may not know who had some kind of impact in your life.The example used is Eddie, an old man who has lived in the same town his entire life, working as a handyman on the local pier fairground, before his abrupt death.An original premise in itself, I loved following the different people Eddie spoke to and finding out their connection to him.At times heartbreaking and saddening, this story touched me and I strongly recommend it to basically anyone who likes something a bit different but is looking for a relatively quick read. My face tightens into a mean spirited frown, I grind my teeth, my head starts to burn, I clench my fists, I begin to tremble there is a tightness in my stomach I rip the telephone off the wall and throw it out my nine story window onto the street I let out a barbaric, guttural, king of the jungle, ape like scream I feel my pulse beating in my neck, a blood vessel snaps in the back of my head I flip over my couch, CRASH I kick a hole in the middle of my T.V I like that my shin is cut, bleeding, and burning I toss off my clothes, throwing my left shoe through the shattered window I stomp my bare ass out of my apartment I do not lock the door, I have no sense of time, I am not coming back I know I am hideous looking, but I do not care I m naked and full of hate Fuck the goddamn elevator, I m taking the stairs On the fourth floor a woman shrieks and covers her child s eyes I keep trucking I am a man on a mission I make my way out the building s front door, a cool breeze almost makes me feel less murderous Out of hate for such a thought I bite my tongue, making it bleed It doesn t bleed enough I begin to run down the street as fast as I can, screaming at the top of my lungs for the homeless man to stab me He doesn t The lake, the lake, I will jump in the lake and fight a swan I run to the lake and dive in, scraping my head and arms The lake is not deep I stand up I am covered in mud and Chordata feces I decide to drown myself Head deep, slipping away, I am pulled up It is a police officer This book was on the NY Times best seller list for 95 straight weeks and I have failed. One of the great things about checking out audiobooks from the public library is that I can take a chance on something I normally wouldn t buy, and I end up loving it And then, of course, there are the times I take a chance on something I wouldn t normally like and end up really hating it as predicted See if you can guess which is the case here by the end of this post.The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about Eddie, an amusement park maintenance guy who dies and goes to heaven Spoiler alert, I guess, though you could probably figure that out from the title From there he meets five people whose lives touched his and learns why he was such a unique and special little snowflake while on Earth The book s main shortcoming is that I only get to enjoy seeing something kill Eddie on one occasion And that was over within the first few pages.Seriously, this thing is so ham fisted in its moralizing, so infused with cliches, so sentimental, and so naked in its attempts to manipulate emotions that I only finished it because it was blessedly short The worst part about this last point is that the audiobook brings up violins VIOLINS in the background at the most supposedly sentimental parts Which is to say, constantly.Oh, and Albom apparently never heard of the show, don t tell rule when it comes to establishing character and showing reactions I guess everyone in Heaven describes their mental processes in flagrant detail There s also the issue of proclamations that sound wise at first, but crumble under any amount of thought For example, there s a line to the effect of Sometimes, when you sacrifice something you don t lose it You just give it to someone else Now, I haven t a dictionary in front of me to help me through this moral morass, but I fail to see the difference off the top of my head.At any rate, I certainly wouldn t recommend this If you really want to read a good book about the afterlife, pick up Dante s The Divine Comedy, read the first few pages, then throw it down in frustration and decide that there s no good middle ground. I enjoyed this book It had a great voice, interesting characters and good messages I liked how each of the 5 people were connected in different ways, some surprise The style grabs you I thought it was a good intro to learn about how this author writes Spiritual without getting too religious Witty and charismatic on some levels Endearing to see how you watch other people live, as well as guess what happens when you die I will definitely read from the author. Strangely, obliquely, like The Alchemist because this inspires strong emotions most people will either like it alot and find inspiration and meaning, or loathe it entirely and dismiss it as drivel.Similar in tone and emotion with his novel Tuesdays with Morrie I think that the greatest achievement of this story is the dreamlike, subconscious mood and setting the author creates He can get a bit syrupy, but not too bad to make this contextually a problem.Albom raises some interesting, thought provoking questions and leaves some unanswered, which makes for a better read, especially considering the subject.As usual, I find myself on neither extreme, neither loving or hating it finding some worth but also dismissing the buckets of smarmy cotton candy. Lost love is still love, Eddie It just takes a different form, that s all You can t hold their hand You can t tousle their hair But when those senses weaken another one comes to life Memory Memory becomes your partner You hold it you dance with it Life has to end, Eddie Love doesn t The book that taught me the idea of death, God and life s never ending unanswered questions.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 and the sky went darker like any scene we might see in movies or stories about the long tunnel after we are no longer connected to this life and earth classic but I kinda fond of this typical scene 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 why God made you so grand that He let you breath eat work smoke have sex make decision go crazy fall in love make mistakes cheat be bad curse etc doesn t that make you feel so little to know that now 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 Highly emmense 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 movie , so I am really looking forward to read it after reading this I hope that book will be highly amazing and enlight me like Five People did. I don t understand the one star reviews for the book Are these directed to the author, Mitch Albom, because he openly dissed the Harry Potter phenomena via a 594 word short story Because as far as I can tell, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a decent piece of literature that doesn t deserve the harsh punishment presumably directed to its writer It s well written, has a handful of good quotes, and is overall an inspiring and personal take on one s idea of the moment between death and the afterlife I rather enjoyed it Mitch Albom has a gift of words, and to give a biased rating is to behave no better than the author itself to dislike something not based on its own merits, but because of its reputation I have equal love for the Harry Potter books and for The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and am proud to say neither HP s popularity nor Albom s notoriety had a say in how I felt for them.I highly recommend this book, particularly if you re one into bittersweet life lessons and notions of death Some have accused the book for being both preachy and boring, but I don t find that the case.