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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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ISBN13: 9781401308582
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"It's easy to feel an affinity for this simplistic, folksy bathos; it's easier, after all, to act for the sake of heaven than to make the considered and nuanced moral choices that really confront us in life. And it is here that Albom fails. His character makes no moral choices, he does not ponder the depths of his existence, he is merely a reactive stick figure that has to go to cotton-candy heaven to learn that his life had meaning. It's single-serve religion for a drive-thru, strip-mall, mega-church kind of country." Sacha Zimmerman, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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From the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie comes this long-awaited follow-up, an enchanting, beautifully crafted novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold.

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years — from the Loop-the-Loop to the Pipeline Plunge — so, too, has Eddie changed, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels two small hands in his — and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife — and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.

Review:

"Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is an contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Sincere....A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers." The New York Times

Review:

"Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel." People magazine

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"A sweet book that makes you smile but is not gooey with overwrought sentiment." Booklist

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"Transcendent....Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result." Atlanta Journal Constitution

Review:

"This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie." Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies and Blue Shoe

Synopsis:

The multimillion-copy bestseller is finally available in paperback. In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom's timeless tale is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved his blockbuster Tuesdays With Morrie, will treasure.

About the Author

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

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peter in port, September 19, 2013 (view all comments by peter in port)
I did not care for this book. My kid had to read The Five People for school, and I thought it would be a good idea to pick it up. The Five People just didn't do it for me. Many people write about what an afterlife will be. This same territory has been covered by others much more skillfully. The message is similar to that of the film It's A Wonderful Life, but not delivered in nearly as effective a manner. For me, a much more stimulating book was The Inevitable, a collection of essays about death.
The protagonist in the Five People, Eddie, an amusement park worker, lives his whole life in a Coney Island like area. Those kinds of places never fascinated me. The writing is meant to be nostalgic in a "Water for Elephants" way, but I just didn't perceive the descriptions as all that entertaining or comforting. Mush. But it is a fast read.
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mmcelroy101, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by mmcelroy101)
'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' is an amazing story that has changed the way I think about the after-life. Main character, Eddie, a former war veteran, is killed while trying to save a little girl from a falling cart and later, meets five people who had had some sort of connection with his life, whether they being close family members or total strangers. In my opinion, this book was well written and deserves a 5+ rating. I strongly recommend this novel to anyone wanting to read it.
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ann_locates, March 13, 2010 (view all comments by ann_locates)
Why is this mediocre writings on a subject that is magical brought up today?
There are some books that we can enjoy reading time and time again but this is not one.
Albom has not been able to make most remember his writing as we care little for most of the people
he writes about.. Morrie and the catchy title makes that one name that I can remember.
I could wish to meet these 5 characters he writes about but somehow, I do not. Nothing in here
that even remotely is my vision of HEAVEN.Not worth my time..
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401308582
Author:
Albom, Mitch
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Amusement parks
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Visionary & Metaphysics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.125 in 6.56 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401308582 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "It's easy to feel an affinity for this simplistic, folksy bathos; it's easier, after all, to act for the sake of heaven than to make the considered and nuanced moral choices that really confront us in life. And it is here that Albom fails. His character makes no moral choices, he does not ponder the depths of his existence, he is merely a reactive stick figure that has to go to cotton-candy heaven to learn that his life had meaning. It's single-serve religion for a drive-thru, strip-mall, mega-church kind of country." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is an contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership."
"Review" by , "Sincere....A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers."
"Review" by , "Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel."
"Review" by , "A sweet book that makes you smile but is not gooey with overwrought sentiment."
"Review" by , "Transcendent....Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result."
"Review" by , "This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie."
"Synopsis" by , The multimillion-copy bestseller is finally available in paperback. In The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom's timeless tale is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved his blockbuster Tuesdays With Morrie, will treasure.
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