The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Book Review – The Mastermind Within
The lead character in The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a grizzled war veteran named Eddie, who dies on his 83rd birthday. The character was inspired by. Oct 6, As publishing propositions go, this one was fairly straightforward. Take “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom's best-selling. May 10, I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom, over the weekend. It was a tremendous book! Come read my book review!.
That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind. We may not realize it, but someone will be affected. You never quite know what the impact of a simple good deed will do for someone else! While in Vietnam, Eddie and his fellow soldiers were captured.
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For months, they were held in captivity and forced to work in a coal mine. Finally one night, Eddie was able to distract the guards with his juggling skills and the rest of the men took out the guards. After the escape, the soldiers burned down the village with gas and fire.
As the village was burning, Eddie thought he saw a shadow in one of the burning huts. To get him out of there, the captain shot Eddie in the leg and they got out of their safely. The captain then shares his story. Once Eddie was discharged due to his leg injury, he returned home. The captain kept going with the team and one day, he was driving down a path and came to a gate.
He went to open the gate and walked around. On accident, he stepped on a land mine and was blown up. Ruby explains to Eddie his relationship with his father. Eddie had been so angry with his father because he thinks his father has ruined his life.
He blames his father for all the bad things that has happened to him. It eats you from inside. At this point, Eddie realized how great a man his dad was, even with his quirks and felt sad he showed anger towards him. Marguerite was the only woman Eddie ever loved. Eddie still loved Marguerite with all his heart. Upon seeing her in Heaven, he was overwhelmed with emotion. He missed her so much and was happy to see her. They talked about their past and how things ended.
She became sick at 47 years old and passed away. Eddie wishes he could have spent more time with her on Earth. Tala is the girl who was in the fire and was the shadow that Eddie saw. Tala is a young girl and badly burned.
She was told by her mom to hide in the hut when the soldiers were burning the village. The events in Vietnam are certainly sad, but Tala has a different view on it. Throughout his entire life, Eddie had been influencing and helping kids stay safe through his work.
They spend an extended period together, moving from one wedding to the next and catching up on all the things they had not been able to share since Marguerite's death. They remember their own wedding, and in the end, Marguerite teaches Eddie that love is never lost in death, it just moves on and takes a different form.
He begs her forgiveness for never making more of his life, never leaving his job at the pier, and for not giving her a better life she so richly deserved. However, she answers that she loved the fairground and their life on the pier, and the only thing she regretted was them not being able to have any children.
He replies that all he would've changed is to have had even more time together with her, for it not to have been cut short like it was by her early death. Marguerite's love for weddings comes from the look in all the brides and grooms' eyes right before the ceremony; the shared feeling that their love will without a doubt break all the records.
Marguerite asks Eddie at one point if he believed they had that; he simply replied, "We had an accordion player", to which they both laugh. Eddie and Marguerite's wedding was on the rented top floor of a Chinese restaurant and was very low-budget, but the couple holds nothing but fond memories of the occasion - in Eddie's house, Dominguez finds a case of sentimental objects, including a restaurant menu from their wedding night.
When Eddie awakens to a new scene, his fifth and last, he sees children playing along with a riverbed and a young Filipina girl named Tala waves and comes up to him.
They attempt to understand each other, but finally, Tala manages to communicate and reveal that she was the little girl from the hut that Eddie set on fire.
And Eddie finally realizes that shadow he had seen all those years ago in the burning hut, and in his nightmares for most of his life afterward, was indeed not imagined - the little girl had been that shadow attempting to flee the flames. The girl shows Eddie the burns that she suffered when dying from the fire, as her previously clear skin turns to burnt flesh and scars.
Eddie is absolutely distraught and breaks down both cursing and asking God "why? The little girl walks into the river and hands him a stone and asks him to "wash" her like the other children in the river are doing to one another.
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Eddie is puzzled, tells her he doesn't know how, but then slowly attempts to do as she asks. He dips the stone in the water and starts to scrape off the injuries he had inflicted on her; and soon to his surprise, Tala's wounds begin to clear until she is freed of all the scars. Eddie then asks Tala if she knows if he was able to save the little girl he attempted to save before his death. He tells her he fears that he failed to save her and he remembers feeling the little girl's hands in his just before his death.
But Tala tells him he did indeed manage to save her, he had actually pushed her out of the way and then reveals that it was her Tala's hands that Eddie had felt instead as she pulled him safely up to Heaven. So in reality, Eddie did manage to save the girl at Ruby Pier. Tala teaches Eddie that his life was not for nothing and that its purpose was to protect all the many children at Ruby Pier through his care for the safety of the rides.
In this way, Tala explains, he also managed to atone every day for her unnecessary death.
He is shown a vision of all the many people he saved along the years by his maintenance work, and consequently all their children's children down the generations.
For he wants everyone to be free of accidents, everyone safe. He is once again told that every life touches another and that everything is connected, it is all one big life. He is also one of the five people to be met by the girl whose life he saved when she dies Characters and their characterizations[ edit ] Eddie: The protagonist and main character around who the story centers; at the start of the story, he is killed on his 83rd birthday.
When he awakes in heaven, he is taken on a journey to meet five people whose lives intertwined with his in many ways which he never expected. As an adult he wanted to work as an engineer. Eddie would always remember "her waving over her shoulder, her dark hair falling over one eye. Joseph's skin had been turned blue when he was a boy because of repeated ingestion of silver nitratethought to be an effective medication at the time. He had been given this medication to cure his "nervousness" and bed-wetting at a late age, and Joseph simply attributed all the side effects to not ingesting enough.
Handicapped by this disfigurement, Joseph eventually made a life for himself at Ruby Pier. Joseph is a "middle-aged man with narrow, stooped shoulders, naked from the waist up. His belly sagged over his belt. His hair was closely cropped. His lips were thin and his face was long and drawn. Eddie's commanding officer at war. He has a "full head of dark hair" and looked to be "only in his 30s.
A woman for whom Ruby Pier is named by her fiance Emile. Ruby's face was "gaunt, with sagging cheeks, rose-colored lipstick, and tightly pulled-back white hair. Ruby's husband, who also created the original Ruby Pier. He wore "a chalk-stripe suit and a derby hat. Eddie's mother was known for her tenderness" towards Eddie and his brother Joe. He abused Eddie his entire life. He smoked cigars  and was a card player.
He is a family friend. He worked with Eddie's father "fixing rides at Ruby Pier. Mickey attempted to rape Eddie's mother because of loneliness and depression. Mickey and Eddie's father fought, and Mickey was almost killed by Eddie's dad, but eventually, Eddie's dad ended up saving Mickey from drowning in the ocean, causing the pneumonia that killed Eddie's father".
He is Eddie's friend and coworker at Ruby Pier. He is "a lanky, bony-cheeked young man. Amy or Annie is the "little girl with a pipe-cleaner animal". Tala is a young girl Eddie sees in a burning hut. She is a Filipina, maybe five or six years old with "a beautiful cinnamon complexion, hair the color of dark plum, a small flat nose, full lips that spread joyfully over her gapped teeth, and the most arresting eyes.
Nicky is a young man who visited Ruby Pier, and practically the reason why Eddie died. He dropped his car keys in the Freddy's Free Fall ride, causing its gears to jam and its cable to snap. Nicky claims to be Ruby's great-grandson.
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Selected quotations[ edit ] "It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. It's supposed to be.
It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.