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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)

by Mitch Albom

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Short. That's all I'll say. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I picked it up as I liked the title and that's about it and I wasn't disappointed.

Eddie dies on his 83rd birthday and a seaside amusement park that he has worked out for many, many years. He goes to Heaven and as the books title, he meets five people. One at a time and he only meets the next person after he has finished with the one before. They all show Eddie something in his life that he didn't really know about, or about why things have happened the way they were. And then they give him a message or teach him a lesson.

I read this book as fiction. I wasn't trying to gain anything from it but it does make you think about things and for that, I really liked and enjoyed it. ( )
  Nataliec7 | May 20, 2017 |
An 83 year-old man dies trying to save a little girl at the amusement park where he worked as a maintenance man. After he dies, he meets five people in heaven who show him his life had meaning. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
I approached this title with some caution, not being a great fan of moralistic writing. However, the ease of the narrative style soon won me over, and I discovered this as both an intelligent and an emotionally intelligent work. In truth, I found it more accessible than, say, a lot of Paulo Coelho, which I can admire from the point of view of the craft of writing, but which puts up more barriers for me in its apparent intent. Maybe Albom's motivation here is still to be motivational, but at the same time, the novel works well on a structural level, and the concept of heaven can relatively easily be taken as an illuminating literary device, without necessarily heading off into the uneasy terrain of evangelism. It's not that the book is without 'teaching', but the teaching is also used as a literary device, which possibly makes the work easier on a secular eye. This is fiction with sentiment, but without being overly sentimental, and for me it is stronger for walking that tight-rope. ( )
  Kanikoski | Feb 20, 2017 |
As I read I enjoyed Mitch Albom’s style of writing, I was instantly immersed in Eddie’s story. It is an interesting concept of the author’s that each of us meets five people in heaven that will teach us a life lesson to help us better understand. The main idea here is that all of our lives are intertwined and we all affect each other whether we realize it or not.

The book begins with Eddie dying. He felt as though he never really accomplished much in his life working as a carnival ride maintenance man, this weighs heavily on him. He had a poor relationship with his father and this affected his life and the path he chose to take. Eddie’s wife Marguerite was the love of his life and the one person who kept him going. I really can’t go into too much detail without giving too much away, but there were such sweet scenes between these two. Another scene that got to me was from when Eddie was in the army with his Captain. I’ll leave it at that.

Although at times this book gets borderline preachy, as Eddie learns a lesson from each of the five people he meets, like forgiveness and sacrifice, overall this was a moving story that I very much enjoyed. This one was a tear jerker and I recommend it.

“Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”

Disclaimer: I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
https://bookwormnai.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/the-five-people-you-meet-in-heaven-by-mitch-albom/ ( )
  bookworm_naida | Jan 29, 2017 |
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''The Five People You Meet in Heaven'' can be reduced to a string of.. reassuring verities and a list of who Eddie's five people turn out to be... But that would do an injustice to a book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers.
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This book is dedicated to Edward Beitchman, my beloved uncle, who gave me my first concept of heaven. Every year, around the Thanksgiving table, he spoke of a night in the hospital when he awoke to see the souls of his departed loved ones sitting on the edge of the bed, waiting for him. I never forgot that story. And I never forgot him.
Everyone has an idea of heaven, as do most religions, and they should all be respected. The version represented here is only a guess, a wish, in some ways, that my uncle, and others like him--people who felt unimportant here on earth--realize, finally, how much they mattered and how they were loved.
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This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from the 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 ourselves.
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On his 83rd birthday a man dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life.
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Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

Albom takes a big risk with the novel; such a story can easily veer into the saccharine and preachy, and this one does in moments. But, for the most part, Albom's telling remains poignant and is occasionally profound. Even with its flaws, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a small, pure, and simple book that will find good company on a shelf next to It's A Wonderful Life. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Killed in a tragic accident, Eddie, an elderly man who believes that he had an uninspired life, awakens in the afterlife, where he discovers that heaven consists of having five people explain the meaning of one's life.

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