I don’t know if I would feel sorry or happy when Eddie died. He was a soldier. He was a maintenance worker. He neither led a good way life or a miserable one. He went to heaven and met five people. These persons explained something about his life that needed clarification and recognition. The book had really no deep conflict. But the reason that I turned its pages was the curiosity of who would he meet and what lesson would he learn.
I liked the author’s idea of heaven, though I beg to differ that mine is still better. In the book, you can choose any place to be heaven. You can look younger or older as you please. You can also watch memories back and forth. When you arrived you can’t talk for the purpose that you should first listen.
The book let me know that there were really things that we didn’t know happened on a situation that we encountered. When Eddie’s captain confessed that it was he who shot his leg that cost Eddie’s mobility, I felt the same way. I wanted to pound him and let him know what Eddie had suffered. But later it was found out that it was his way to save his life. Eddie had just lost his leg but his captain lost his life.
I know you have already learned lessons the book has to offer. But it feels good it to be reminded.
PS: I am pondering how many persons have I killed and saved.