The only thing we are guaranteed in life is that one day we will die. Where do we go when we do? Will we reunite with loved ones? Is there a Heaven? A Hell?
In Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, not only is there a heaven but it is intermingled with our lives on earth.
The story starts off with a count-down of time before the instant of Eddie's death. Eddie is an 83 year old amusement park maintenance man who is resigned to his life of fixing rides at Ruby Pier seaside amusement park, a job he took over after the death of his own father. The lifetime of disappointment was blatant but his one achievement was his great love for his wife. The emotion felt when he reminisced about their life together was heartfelt.
Eddie and his wife were unable to have children of their own and he had a soft spot for the children on the pier. On the day of his death Eddie was trying to save the life of a little girl from a falling cart on one of the rides. He felt two small hands in his as he died and left to heaven wondering if he saved her, foreshadowing the events to happen in heaven.
The five people Eddie met were people whose lives were bonded with his. Some were obvious but others told the tale of how we are connected to one another beyond our own cognition. We touch lives of others each day whether we are aware of the effects or not.
Mitch Albom once again captures the spirit in the lessons of life through death. His ability to tell the story of a life is beautiful.
If you have ever wondered about afterlife or felt a connection with a loved one that has died I highly recommend this book to you.
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Albom takes a big risk with the novel; such a story can easily veer into the saccharine and preachy, and this one does in moments. But, for the most part, Albom's telling remains poignant and is occasionally profound. Even with its flaws, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a ...