Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hachette India
Published: 2006 (First published in 2003)
Such high expectations from the book and it turns out to be the story of someone who did not have any motivation in his life; or any commitment for that matter. I picked this book thinking it will provide me some nice insights into life, since I’ve been facing an early onset of mid-life crisis at a relatively early age of 31. But as it turns out, I was better without reading this book.
This is essentially the story of an old man – Eddie – who works at a local fun park and dies while saving a young girl in an unfortunate accident on one of the rides in the park. The author has hypothesised that though human beings live their own lives, independent of each other, but we are all linked together, and no story is just one’s own. So, in line with that hypothesis, Eddie (or rather his soul) meets a series of people (or rather souls) before heading towards the heaven.
Each of those souls has been linked to Eddie when they were alive, and had a story to tell to Eddie. And that’s where I have my issues with this book. All those storied failed to impress me with their content, intent and message. The stories do talk about the value of relationships in bits and pieces, but that’s about it. It just goes on to prove that the life that Eddie spent on earth was pointless and hapless, and that he could have done much better.
I would recommend this book to those who love finishing books in a day’s time and moving on without taking away much. It can be a good read if you are not expecting any outcomes or any messages from it. I’d give it a 3/5.
Source for book review: Why Not Have Fun?
Available with: Arun Sharma
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