History Literature / TheFivePeopleYouMeetInHeaven

24th Apr '14 2:21:26 PM EKonoMai
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: The conditions of the prison camp for the captured Americans. They share a small hut with no beds, have minimal meals, are subject to disease and mistreatment, forced to work in a nearby mine and a sick and emaciated prisoner who under performs is executed. The American soldiers also engage in a war crime when they burn up a hut that has children in it.]]

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: The conditions of the prison camp for the captured Americans. They share a small hut with no beds, have minimal meals, are subject to disease and mistreatment, forced to work in a nearby mine and a sick and emaciated prisoner who under performs is executed. The American soldiers also engage in a war crime crimes - they shoot all the Japanese involved, even the one who was sneaking them bread, and another when they burn up a hut that has children in it.it, albeit unknowingly.]]
7th Apr '13 8:18:47 PM JonahSalvador
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* InfantImmortality: Both averted, subverted and somewhat inverted. At the beginning of the story Eddie attempts to save a little girl called Amy (or Annie) at the pier during an accident, but dies in the process unknowing if he was successful as the last thing he comprehended was the grip of child hands [[spoiler: He finds out at the very end of the story that the hands belonged to Talla, a girl he unknowingly burned to death in the Philippines during World War 2, and that she was pulling him into the afterlife.]] So although one infant died, another lived, [[spoiler: and he died saving the one that lived, making it a weird inversion.]]
7th Apr '13 10:23:24 AM wuggles
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: The conditions of the prison camp for the captured Americans. They share a small hut with no beds, have minimal meals, are subject to disease and mistreatment, forced to work in a nearby mine and a sick and emaciated prisoner who under performs is executed.]]

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: The conditions of the prison camp for the captured Americans. They share a small hut with no beds, have minimal meals, are subject to disease and mistreatment, forced to work in a nearby mine and a sick and emaciated prisoner who under performs is executed. The American soldiers also engage in a war crime when they burn up a hut that has children in it.]]
7th Apr '13 9:14:54 AM JonahSalvador
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* ChekhovsSkill: Due to his pier side fairground upbringing, Eddie becomes proficient with juggling three, four and even five items [[spoiler: He later uses this skill to wow the bored Japanese prison camp guards by juggling rocks and get them into the hut, then pelts them with the rocks to begin a break out.]]
7th Apr '13 8:56:35 AM JonahSalvador
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: When they set fire to the village in the Philippines.]]

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: When they set fire to The conditions of the village in prison camp for the Philippines.captured Americans. They share a small hut with no beds, have minimal meals, are subject to disease and mistreatment, forced to work in a nearby mine and a sick and emaciated prisoner who under performs is executed.]]
7th Apr '13 8:51:28 AM JonahSalvador
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During WorldWarII, Eddie [[spoiler: sets fire to a village under his officer's orders and inadvertently burns a little girl alive in her home.]] He meets her in Heaven.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During WorldWarII, Eddie [[spoiler: sets fire uses a captured flamethrower to raze the small prison camp he and his comrades just broke out of and in the process attempts to enter a village burning hut under the impression that someone is in inside it before being crippled by his officer's orders and inadvertently burns captain to save his life. Turns out there was a little girl alive in her home.the burning hut.]] He meets her in Heaven.
30th Mar '13 7:12:16 AM wuggles
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During the Vietnam War, Eddie [[spoiler: sets fire to a village under his officer's orders and inadvertently burns a little girl alive in her home.]] He meets her in Heaven.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During the Vietnam War, WorldWarII, Eddie [[spoiler: sets fire to a village under his officer's orders and inadvertently burns a little girl alive in her home.]] He meets her in Heaven.
31st Dec '12 9:27:23 PM wuggles
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In an amusement park called Ruby Pier, an old man named Eddie works as the head of maintenance. One day a ride malfunctions and he gives his life to rescue a trapped little girl. [[DeadToBeginWith The rest of the novel]] follows his journey through Heaven, meeting people who've touched his life, or whose lives he's touched.

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In an amusement park called Ruby Pier, an old man named Eddie works as the head of maintenance. One day a ride malfunctions and he gives his life to rescue a trapped little girl. [[DeadToBeginWith The rest of the novel]] follows his journey through Heaven, meeting people who've touched his life, or whose lives he's touched.
touched. A MadeForTVMovie was made in 2004, starring Jon Voight.




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* CruelToBeKind: [[spoiler: The Captain shot Eddie so that he wouldn't kill himself by trying to go back into the burning building.]]



* ShellShockedVeteran: Eddie, after he returns from fighting in the Vietnam War.

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* NostalgiaHeaven: Heaven is a mixture of this and MundaneAfterlife: it's whatever place the person had the fondest memories in (or in some cases, the only memories).
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: [[spoiler: When they set fire to the village in the Philippines.]]
* PensieveFlashback: Happens a lot in the MadeForTVMovie.
* POWCamp: Eddie is in one in the Philippines.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Eddie, after he returns from fighting in the Vietnam War.WorldWarII.
13th Nov '12 4:09:25 PM Kisei
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** You are then tasked to tell others about their lives. Once you've covered all those you've significantly influenced in life you get to truly ascend to Heaven. In the meantime, you get your own neat little Heaven scape though.
25th Sep '12 7:41:10 AM zerky
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A novel by Creator/MitchAlbom, published in 2003.

In an amusement park called Ruby Pier, an old man named Eddie works as the head of maintenance. One day a ride malfunctions and he gives his life to rescue a trapped little girl. [[DeadToBeginWith The rest of the novel]] follows his journey through Heaven, meeting people who've touched his life, or whose lives he's touched.

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* DeadToBeginWith: The novel starts off with Eddie dying.
* {{Heaven}}: Given the subject of the novel, this is the setting for the majority of the time. Apparently you meet five people there, and they tell you about your life.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During the Vietnam War, Eddie [[spoiler: sets fire to a village under his officer's orders and inadvertently burns a little girl alive in her home.]] He meets her in Heaven.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Eddie, after he returns from fighting in the Vietnam War.
* ThisIsMyStory: The people Eddie meets usually give him stories of their lives and how they were relevant to his.
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