TITLE: The First Phone Call from Heaven
AUTHOR: Mitch Albom
RATING: ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
“There are two stories for every life; the one you live & the one others tell”
The story revolves around people from Coldwater, Michigan and they started receiving phone calls from their love ones, departed love ones. The thought of receiving them was just overwhelming for some of the characters. Who would have thought that a dead person can come call you up. Was it real? How well can any of us cope with death, grief and loneliness?
When I, started reading it I was excited and curious with the flow of the story. I like it and I have enjoyed reading the characters story. It is a good thing that the story was told in the characters voices. I particularly like the story of Sully Harding. Each story is very different, they have different position in life, different outlook and different beliefs. The story is simple and yet quite engaging and it also interesting at the same time due to the backdrop story of the invention of the telephone and the love story of Alexander Graham Bell.
“Fear is how you lose your life…a little bit at a time…What we give to fear, we take away from…faith.”
At the beginning of the story, it is kind of very slow, but eventually has picked up its pace. The mystery of the phone calls has started to come up and was a bit exciting for me. I don’t want to be a spoiler but the mystery of this events you need to watch out for. But I wish it could have been more, I wish for more details on each characters other than the phone calls that they received which is the main focus of the story but the story has touched me in some way, the last part of it when the end of the story was coming and it was focusing on Sully. It really did made me cry a bit, I really feel the pain that Sully is keeping with him. Generally, all of the characters pain can be felt by any one of us and I am sure that most of us is just like them. Waiting to be called by our love ones, waiting for just a minute to have a little time with them. Who else would want to talk to someone who has left us? I’m sure I did.
“That’s the thing when people leave us too suddenly, isn’t it? We always have so many questions.”
All in all the story is good, the twist and turns are somewhat unexpected and at the same time you know what’s going to happen any minute, feels like you got this hunch of the turnaround of every events and you really can see that this is Mitch Albom’s work and we all know how good of a story teller he is. The way it was written in each characters view was not a letdown. This book also tests our beliefs, hope and faith. It is just a matter of what you believe in, the way we see things and the way those things affects us. Overall, I totally enjoyed it and yes, I still cry reading his book.