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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Mitch Albom

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Title:The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Authors:Mitch Albom
Info:Time Warner Paperbacks (2004), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 240 pages
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (2003)

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A depressing and lackluster read that was terribly boring. After reading Tuesday's With Morrie and reading the reviews, I was certain that this book would deliver. I honestly wouldn't recommend this book. ( )
  Feleciak | Nov 17, 2014 |
It's been awhile, but I remember reading it all in one night and sobbing through most of it. That's basically my definition of a good book. ( )
  hollishter | Nov 10, 2014 |
This is a wonderful book. I have read it several times and will probably read it several more times. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
I finished this book in two days. It would have been one however I didn't start it until 3am and I had to work the next day. I have heard a lot of hype about this book, and the author in general. I was not disappointed. Neither was my life altered forever. I'm not denying it is a great fiction book. And one that was very well written at that. Nor am I saying it didn't have good messages in it. I'm just saying it is still fiction. Maybe other people read it and it changes them. I read it, enjoyed it, thought at some points, and moved on. It did encourage me to read Tuesdays with Morrie though, so maybe I did get something out of it after all. ( )
  PhxDan | Aug 28, 2014 |
Wonderful storyline of the afterlife. Real tearjerker. Reveals how everybody's lives are intertwined. A super read. ( )
  BurlingtonReader | Jul 20, 2014 |
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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.
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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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