Published: September 23rd, 2003
“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?”
I had to read this book in high school my freshman year. I didn’t like reading back then, so I could barely get through it. I did get through it, and I’m glad I did. However, now as a senior in college, I decided to try it again and see if anything changed. The only thing that changed in this sense was my age, and how I took the premise of this book. When I read it the first time, I didn’t find it as spiritual then as I do now. I really feel that connection more now with religion in this book. I never really saw it before, but as I’ve grown, there’s definitely more in this book that could’ve been understood differently back then. I hate how Eddie dies, it makes me fear ferris wheels even more now. But other than that, this book was so wonderful and well-written that I’m glad I read it back then, and read it again now.
About The Author:
Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.