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Friday, March 20, 2009

For one more day

Chick provokes, "You want to know why I tried to kill myself?". From here the story starts in Chick's own voice and the reader listens to him as if he is sitting beside him. What happens when Chick tries to kill himself and how he gets a chance to 'live' with his mother who dies long ago and then corrects all his errors and makes peace with himself is the story.

The story moves back and forth between memories of Chick's childhood and adolescence, and the action taking place between Chick and his dead mother. Ultimately, it is a story of redemption and making peace with one's past. It is a story of love, family, mistakes and forgiveness.

If all this sounds familiar, that's probably because you have read Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. In fact, For One More Day is very similar to Albom's previous novels. Same sort of characters, same sort of supernatural yet familiar setting, same "It's a Wonderful Life" type move from regret to peace with one's life. Albom does not break new ground here. That may be good or bad, depending on how much you like his previous work.

While it is very similar to Albom's Five People You Meet in Heaven--not much new ground covered here and tends to be extremely sentimental at times, it is a good read which has a lot of moral lessons, family value and like all other Albom's books talks about love. Overall a good read.

Rating: 6/10 (Good)
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