Abogada, Nathaniel J.
August 29, 2012 “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”
By Mitch Albom
Death is both the end and the beginning. This is what “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is all about. It starts unlike most stories do, with the countdown of the death of the main character, Eddie. With his death, the story of his life unfolds before him. Eddie is presented as a simple old maintenance worker in an amusement park who led life as justly as he could. He was born to a caring mother and a strict father whom he had a strained relationship with. As a young man, he served for the army despite his mother’s protests. The war left his leg and his being injured. He slightly recovered from the scars imprinted in his soul soon after but it was unfortunate that his leg never did. Once he was able to manage emotionally, he got a cab-driving job and then, he got married to Marguerite whom he loved eternally. Life went on for Eddie while for some, it stopped. Because of certain circumstances that came with his father’s death, Eddie found himself in a place which he was trying to avoid all his life – taking over his father’s job as a maintenance worker at the amusement park. Somehow, he never managed to get out from that monotonous life until the day he died trying to save a little girl from a falling cart of an amusement ride. He regretted the fact that he wasn’t able to achieve bigger things in life because of his bad leg and his surrender to wherever fate led him. Eddie considers his life as mediocre which made him confused why he entered heaven after his death. The story of his life unraveled its many mysteries and profound meaning as he meets five people in heaven who makes him understand his yesterdays and why his life was how it was. There are many things life that are beyond human comprehension. Things happen for reasons that we could not understand which makes us resort to blame and other negative fits. In this...
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