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The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Eddie- the main character who is taken on a journey to meet five people in heaven. The Blue Man- the first person Eddie meets in heaven, who he killed.The Captain- the second person Eddie meets in heaven and old war captain.Ruby- the third person Eddie meets in heaven and whom Ruby Pier is named after. Marguerite- Eddie’s wife and the fourth person he meets in heaven. Tala- the fifth person Eddie meets in heaven and who he tried to save in war.
Main Idea: Everyone has a purpose and reason to be alive.
It’s Eddie’s 83rd birthday and he is working at Ruby Pier like always, but this day is a little different. Something goes wrong on the ride he is working on and when he and another worker are working on it a cart from the ride begins to fall. Underneath the falling cart is a little girl which Eddie saves by jumping to push her out the way. Unfortunately, he doesn’t move in time and gets hit by the cart and dies. After Eddie dies, he is sent to heaven where he meets five different people, some people he knew and some people he didn’t, The Blue Man, The Captain, Ruby, Marguerite, and Tala. They each go through things in their life that affected them and him in a different way. Eddie then learns valuable lessons from each of the people he meets in heaven.
Setting: Heaven and earth, at Ruby Pier, battlegrounds, mountains, wedding receptions and a river.
INTERESTING FACTS:Eddie asked every person he meet in heaven whether or not he saved the girl he died for, no one knew except Tala. Tala told him that he saved the little girl.
Some themes in this book include love, forgiveness, and sacriface. An example of each are his love for his wife, Marguerite, his forgiveness of his fathers mistakes as a child, and the Captain's sacriface for his soilders.