The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto


And he did it again – Mr. Mitch Albom never fails to tug his readers’ heartstrings.

My first good cry with an Albom was with Tuesdays with Morrie, followed by The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The big difference is that this is the first Albom I’ve read since becoming a parent. And I never knew I’d cry this much.

I described the grief I encountered in this novel as “same as that of ‘A Dog of Flanders’ except that you have to repeat the pain over and over again.” I was shocked that someone claiming to be a mother could throw a baby into the river. I was shocked that ruthless sailors abandoned a child at some London port, getting all his money. I was shocked that a little boy could lose his father in a war, never ever seeing him again. I never knew there could be much pain for a little boy in this world. And the worst part of reading it is that I myself have a son.

One thing Mitch Albom does perfectly is to illustrate in his novels that there are no coincidences and that everything in this life is connected to everything else. Any setback at the beginning of one’s life will eventually polish our souls like how diamonds come from coal.

In the end, the same woman who claimed to be the boy’s mother has paid for her sin of throwing the boy into the river and kept her promise to the biological mother of saving her baby.

There may be too much tragedy in the beginning of the story but I won’t have it any other way. Rock stars are born that way.

Narrated by none other than Music himself, this novel artfully justified all the tears you shed from the start to finish.

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