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.
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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hollyjones75, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by hollyjones75)
Every time I read the lines "Today is Eddie's birthday," I found myself stumbling into another adventure that expresses the dramatic changes a person goes through from one year to the next. Each chapter is so vastly different that it makes a person really reflect on their on experiences and growth. Albom's book shows how even an innocent gesture of a small child can effect the rest of a stranger's life. There are some answers we may spend all of our time wishing we knew, when really that truth will ultimately destroy us. A rainbow of emotions in one short book. It's really a roller coaster at Ruby Pier.
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i love to read, February 20, 2008 (view all comments by i love to read)
I disagree with the critics who think that Albom failed on his character whom they say lacks a moral attitude or doesn't go through any significant change. Albom was being a realist in this book. Yes, Eddie (the main character) is just a person reacting to life. Who doesn't? Albom was being a realist. As people, we don't realize our higher purpose or use quantum physics to get what we want. Most of us just react to what happens to us. Some critics need to just be happy with the story because it does have a good point.
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"Review A Day"
by Sacha Zimmerman, The New Republic,
"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)
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
"Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is an contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership."
by The New York Times,
"Sincere....A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers."
by People magazine,
"Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel."
"A sweet book that makes you smile but is not gooey with overwrought sentiment."
by Atlanta Journal Constitution,
"Transcendent....Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result."
by Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies and Blue Shoe,
"This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie."
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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