For One More Day
Large Print Edition
By Mitch Albom
Hyperion Large Print, 2006, 304 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - August 17, 2010
Albom is the well-deserved best-selling author of books such as Tuesday with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. His books are well-written in simple language, generally short sentences, filled with moving tear-jerking emotions, people whom we are drawn to like and admire, smaltzy, and good.
Charles "Chick" Benetto made a mess of his life. He was a drunk and divorced and his daughter did not invite him to her wedding because she feared being embarrassed. He had a choice while growing up to side with his father, who had abandoned his mother, or side with his mother who raised him and who if we believe his story, and we do, was a saint. He chose his father.
Chick tells the story of his life, about the times his mother stood up for him and when he did not stand up for his mother. He tells how his father pushed him, even after the separation, to baseball, how he abandoned college and hurt his mother to play ball, how he was hurt and could not play again, how he never recovered from losing his chance to play.
He decides to commit suicide, but ends up in a car accident, walks to his family home, and finds his mother who had been dead for eight years. He and his mother talk and he realizes what he did wrong.
Albom tells this story in a very heartwarming manner.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.