The Book starts at an ending, which is the last hours before Eddie dies. Eddie feels that he has wasted his life in a dead end job.The day of his death it is Eddie’s 83rd birthday. He is at the amusement park where he works and where he tragically dies. The last memory he has is saving a little girl from a ride at the amusement park. Mitch Albom makes a point by saying “all endings are beginnings. But we just don’t know it at the time”. What do you think is the significance between this quote in Eddie’s life?
After his death, Eddie is alone at the Pier, he doesn’t know if he saved the life of the little girl. Then he realizes he doesn’t need his cane to walk. He can run, jump! He notices all is pain and agony is gone. He notices the Pier was from his childhood, from 75 years ago. Everything was new.
Then he is not alone anymore and he is then accompanied by a familiar face from his childhood, but there is a distinctive feature to him that isn’t ordinary. Who is this person that he meets? What is this distinctive feature and why do you think he is this way? What would you say his significance is to Eddie?