The five people you meet in heaven

Title: The five people you meet in heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 978-1-4013-9803-3
Pages: 196
Year: 2003

In an heroic attempt to save a little girl from a falling attraction, Eddie, the elderly maintenance worker of an amusement park, is killed.
The next moment Eddie finds himself back at the Ruby Pier amusement park, feeling as young and vital as ever – only he is still dead. Then out of nowhere a blue man appears before him and explains that Eddie has gone to heaven to meet five people who have significantly impacted his life.

For my English class I had to read an American fiction novel. The five people you meet in heaven immediately popped out from the long list. Intrigued by the title I began reading and was immediately drawn in. Not only it unexpectedly begins with a death, it’s the death of the leading character.

The reader follows Eddie’s journey in heaven and meet the five people: from persons who have sacrificed so Eddie could live to persons who have loved him always. Experience what Eddie experiences and trough flashbacks, sometimes even flashbacks in flashbacks (which show his birthdays, his childhood, his time in Vietnam and his years with his wife) you get inside his life. You come to see that every story can be looked at from two different angels.

Mitch Albom has the power to create a heaven where questions get answered in only 200 pages. That death doesn’t have to be sad. Even though easy words were used to write this book, I found it to be on a poetic level too.

“No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”

The five people you meet in heaven is a beautiful book about the meaning of life. Definitely a must-read suggestion.



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