You know when you have so much resting on a book that you stop yourself from reading in case it just isn't what you wanted it to be and it breaks a tiny piece of your heart and runs away with it threatening to ruin novels forever for you? No? Just me? Well, in any case - I've been putting Mitch Albom's Five People You Meet In Heaven back for literally over a year in case it wasn't as good as the title made it seem but, eventually, I could put it off no longer and so this week I settled in to give it a fair chance, and I don't regret it in the slightest.
The book, in it's essence, is simple - it follows the life of Eddie; whose death opens the book. It follows the life that he led, and in turn it shows us him meeting 5 people in heaven - five people who impacted his life to an extent it was changed, for one way or another. It shows you when the two met, how it affected Eddie at the time, and what it teaches him about his life (and in turn, his death, now as it's retold and explained to him). It's sweet and heartbreaking, it's thought-provoking and, honestly, I want to kick myself for being so stupid and not writing it sooner.
I like the way the book is written - it touches on the idea of heaven and God, but not traditionally and Albom has seemingly managed to write a book without touching too much on either religion or particularly the lack of it. The book makes you look at those around you in a completely different way - it suggests that just in the same way as your family and friends can change your life, it could be a stranger from the past, or just a person that you saw in a car on the street. It's deep without being too hard to follow - and for something that touches so heavily on the idea of the importance of life and whether there is life after death, it's surprisingly an easy read.
More than anything - I really enjoy Albom's style of writing; it's relatable and beautiful without feeling like it's trying too hard or being too pretentious. I know that Katy read The Time Keeper and reviewed it, and it's currently sitting on my to-read shelf and so I'm sure it'll make it's way into my hands soon. Albom has a unique way of looking at the world and, if you haven't already picked up any of his offerings, I'd definitely recommend it - it's definitely a book that will leave you reeling long after you've read the last page.
Have you read any of Mitch Albom's offerings? What would you recommend?
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