Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
The writing style is simple and easy to understand, without complex words. It allowed we to read as well as to dive into the true meaning of the book.
The story revolves around Eddie who works in Ruby Pier. He is a widower and a limp. He has a bitter outlook on life. Mitch Albom didn’t give a specific name for Eddie’s parents. His mother is very caring, while his father is an alcoholic and abusive to his family. Marguerite is Eddie’s wife and one true love. She is always been there for Eddie even in his postwar recovery.
The story started with Eddie’s death, then to his “journey” and “arrival” to meet the first person in heaven. Every person has a lesson for Eddie before he finally reaches “home”.
“There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.”
This book made me cry. You know that cry wherein you drop everything that you’re holding that moment and your body is shaking? That is the type of crying that this book gave to me. I felt the pain. Every chapter, every person is unexpected. Every lesson made a lasting impact to me. This story is even closer to my heart because some of the settings are in the Philippines and one of the people Eddie met in heaven is a Filipino.
I recommend this book for everyone. Think of it: everything that’s happening in our lives, every person we meet has a lesson and a reason. Everything and everyone are connected. What we do and how we react will bounce back to us in the end.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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