Misc. Lit

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Heaven is always and forever around us, and no soul remembered is ever really gone,”

Another offering from Albom, this follows the same vein of storytelling as his other book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

The residents of a small Michigan town begin receiving phone calls from beyond the grave, everyone is shocked. Is it a hoax? Or is it the greatest miracle of all time?

This book did not overawe me. It was not as good as Five People You Meet In Heaven. Saying that, it was still very good. It was all about how different people react to the aforementioned miracle, and could very easily happen tomorrow. It’s all about the strength of belief.

The characters were reduced to archetypes but in such a story, that is likely to happen as the story shows the reactions en-masse of people who want to believe in such a thing which they long for so much – the last chance to communicate with the person who has passed away; a person close to them in life.

The twist at the end was unexpected but interesting. It also calls us to question the depth of belief if that belief is called into question. The way the ending is written is open to interpretation. Ultimately, a perfectly respectable book but it didn’t tear me up emotionally as much as The Five People You Meet In Heaven, although the tears still flowed.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****


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