This was my first novel by Mitch Albom and I hate to say that I am disappointed.
My expectations from this author were high. And the reviews I read promised an exceptional experience. As the novel started, it kept up with my expectations, but as the story progressed with nothing of the thrill that makes a novel a pure page-turner, my expectations began to die. The book was not exactly ‘boring’, but not exactly an ‘interesting read’ either.
The story begins with a phone ring. (What else were you expecting?) This ring was the world receiving its first phone call from heaven. And that is where it all starts, as people of this world start receiving calls from the one beyond. The callers preach about heaven. The calls are often staccato and have been received by only a few people from the town. And like everything else nowadays, this phenomenon too attracts media attention. And from something that starts from being considered a cheap hoax becomes a miracle and eventually ends up in attracting religious fanatics and devout from across the country as well as non-believers.
In the meantime, the protagonist (for the want of a better word), who has lost his wife and whose son’s eager to receive a call from his loving mom, sets on a mission to prove that all this phone call business is nothing but a prank playing on people’s emotions.
What is interesting is how people can come to believe in heaven and continue to defy it completely. How people can even use something like this to the fulfillment of their own worldly motives.
If you are a Mitch Albom fan, go ahead and read it.
If you are not, then I think you may already have skipped the review.
And if you haven’t read him before, I guess it’s better to begin with other highly acclaimed novels of his (though I haven’t read them, so no recommendations).
If you live in Pakistan, you can find the book at:
1. 786 Cart
2. Liberty Books