Book Review – The Five (5) People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven

Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park.

I don’t usually read books from the best sellers or top 10 list, I tend not to be a sheep, reading completely different stuff from an eclectic range of genres.

My bookshelves are filled with hardcore hacking tomes, fantasy, sci-fi, biographies, crime books, martial arts manuals, health and philosophy books and so on.

For once the last few months when I was traveling so frequently I decided to devour some of the tops picks, the best sellers..

The first I chose was this, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I thought it was some kind of sappy self-help book, but I wanted to know why fairly sane people kept raving about it.

Mitch Albom got famous with his previous book Tuesdays with Morrie, another massive hit. I might read that too given time.

It’s a cute story, it’s easy to read and it’s enjoyable. It’s well paced, not patronising and kind of sweet in a non-sickly way.

Really though it’s the same old tale, what goes around comes around, karma and all that but told in a slightly different way.

Definately worth a read, easy to pick up and finish in one shot.

It’s not ground-breaking, or fantastic, but it’s good. It’s beauty is in its simplicity, yeah there’s pages of cliches, but its straightforward it’s not pretending to be artsy or intellectual or bourgeois.

It is nice to read a book now and then that is just easy to read and enjoyable.

Worth a try, I give it a good solid 7/10 – A good one to put on the xmas list for people you care about.

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14 Responses to Book Review – The Five (5) People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

  1. ks December 21, 2006 at 12:21 am #

    i fall in love with mitch albom because of this! 😀

  2. Reuben December 21, 2006 at 11:05 pm #

    Good book, ending sucks.

  3. EF December 22, 2006 at 8:32 am #

    Have you read Tuesdays with Morrie?

  4. Chen December 23, 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    latest book for one more day is teh ons too. can cry one.

  5. lionel December 23, 2006 at 11:43 pm #

    Gave one of these once upon a Christmas.

  6. earl-ku December 24, 2006 at 7:57 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Wishing you nothing but the best …

  7. Matthew December 24, 2006 at 7:10 pm #

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas in advanced!

    Please drink responsibly.

  8. Dabido (Teflon) December 24, 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    Merry Xmas ST. 🙂

  9. Prof Scrub December 25, 2006 at 1:14 am #

    The five people I would like to meet in heaven are:

    Gandhi
    Genghis Khan
    Garfield
    Gandalf
    Graham Taylor – I dont want to meet him on earth, do I not like that.

    Yours gratefully,
    Prof Scrub
    http://www.scrubbingup.com/blogs/profscrub/blog.asp

  10. Slinky December 25, 2006 at 12:23 pm #

    On an unrelated note,

    MErry Christmas to you, ST !!

  11. ShaolinTiger December 25, 2006 at 3:11 pm #

    EF: Not yet, but I might check it out.

    Chen: Hehe cool will look out for that too..

    Prof Scrub: Interesting choices, and all G’s

    earl-ku, Matthew, Dabido and Slinky: Thanks! Merry Xmas to you guys too, going to update now, Streamyx was down for past 8 days..

  12. Pinky December 30, 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    i think Tuesdays with Morrie is a much better book than the 5 people you meet in heaven. i bought tuesdays with morrie for a best friend who has terminal disease to boost her moral. she said it truely helped her too. 🙂 you should definitely read it.

  13. myba7p January 11, 2007 at 11:23 am #

    nevertheless thanks shaolin tiger!
    i got the book and truly enjoyed it, i dont think one should compare an author’s present and previous works.
    a man’s honey is another’s poison, the sentiments that he was trying to convey in different books are not similar.
    id feel this is one of his good one.
    cheers

  14. ShaolinTiger January 12, 2007 at 1:20 am #

    Pinky: Will have to check that out.

    myba7p: Really glad you enjoyed it, will try to review some other books soon if I can get back into reading.