Tuesdays With Morrie, By Albom Essay

1896 Words Jan 18th, 2016 8 Pages
The Five People You Meet In Heaven was published in 2003. It follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie.Albom grew up Jewish and, although he does not subscribe to any specific religion today, feels that there must be a balance between this life and the afterlife. Albom 's previous novel, Tuesdays with Morrie, is a rumination on the meaning of life and the possibilities of what might come after. Albom structured the narrative around his interactions with a professor named Morrie Schwartz who was dying of ALS. Tuesdays with Morrie became wildly successful, selling over 14 million copies.Albom did not need to look any further than his own family for inspiration. Five People is based on the life of a real person with whom Albom felt a deep connection. The author fashioned the character of Eddie as a tribute to his uncle, Eddie Beitchman, who died at the age of 83 believing that he had not accomplished enough in his life. Beitchman led a similar life to the novelized version of Eddie except that he drove a taxi instead of running an amusement park. Like his fictional counterpart, Beitchman fought in World War II. Albom recalls Uncle Eddie 's tale about a near-death experience during which he claimed to feel his soul floating above the bed. Uncle Eddie went on to say that in that moment, he saw many of his dead relatives waiting for him at the edge of his hospital bed. Albom has said that this image of people waiting in a sort of purgatory after death inspired…

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