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06 April 2014
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
This is a story on so many different levels. The physical construction is not only divided between the 'now' and the 'then', but also between the earthly and the spiritual variants of 'now' and 'then'; it is also split between five different people and their stories. At times, it can feel like a collection of short, interesting anecdotes, but gradually all the levels and all the stories merge, and the reader probably has reason to say - the book still in his/her hand - "Why, of course!". There is humour, tragedy and, at times, some very interesting philosophical and spiritual insights. Another perspective on the inevitable fact that we will all, at some time, 'move on'.