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?”
Author: Mitch Albom
I had been in a reading slump of late, and I picked this up because it was a considerably smaller book; as compared to all the others in my TBR pile. I was certainly not disappointed and my reading slump was/is gone!
I liked reading about the author’s take on heaven, certainly different from what I believe it to be. Everyone has their own beliefs in that regard. The way Mitch Albom told us about Eddie’s life was interesting. Sure he died right in the starting of the book, but the narrative was kept simple, interesting and easy.
When I was done with this book, I initially gave it 5/5 stars, but now that I have actually sat down to talk about this book. I have come to a realization that: Yes, I enjoyed the book. It took me out of my reading slump due to its easy narrative, but I won’t give it a reread.
5 People You Meet in Heaven should be read by everyone, but it is not for everyone (Does that make sense?). After reading this I certainly pondered over which 5 people would I meet in heaven? But why only 5? Maybe 7 or more. Maybe even less.
It’s a thought provoking book, I’d give it that though. I particularly enjoyed Eddie’s childhood stories and some of the stories of the people in heaven made me a bit confused, but the idea of the book was well directed and what I extracted from that was: Your life, however insignificant it may feel to you has impacted someone or the other in ways you cannot even begin to imagine.
I give this book: 3.5/5 stars.