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From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper–a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.
The man who became Father Time.
In Mitch Albom's newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.
The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom, follows the creator of time. Dor, the main character, is Father Time; he is the Time Keeper, cursed to hear every one of man’s cries for time. Published by Hyperion, ISBN: 9781401322786, the book should appeal to anyone who have ever said “I just don’t have the time.”
As a young man, Dor is the first human to develop a system of counting and measuring time. His discovery leads him to forsake everyone in his life, except one person who is immune to his obsession. This one person, Alli, is the only one who holds the key to access Dor’s attention; the only one whose presence has the ability to make Dor forget about his discovery. Dor’s motivations are made clear by the author. His environment and his discovery play against each other in a well-developed tension which, in turn, plays into the development of the entire narrative.
Mitch Albom provides enough detail at crucial points in the story to inform the reader of the driving themes of two other supporting characters, Sarah and Victor, who are plagued with being bound by time. Their personal struggles and their lives are driven by their blind constraint. Along with Dor, they are all prisoners of the same device. Only when the protagonist frees Dor, does Dor begin to understand the sentence and the meaning of the very thing he invented. He is a slave, perhaps in Plato’s Cave, where he is only exposed to the shadows of thoughts and reality from outside the cave.
He eventually becomes the master of the thing that once held him. He holds the hourglass, where he was once imprisoned and which now maintains control. Before he can guide the others through their obsessions, he is without direction as he discerns the meaning of his hourglass. The suffering and death of his wife was beyond his control in his former life. Would he now have the opportunity to relieve the suffering of others before they ran out of time?
As the story comes to a climax, Dor must discover a way to intervene in the lives of Sarah and Victor. He must provide both of them the keys to escaping their own bonds, but first, Dor as the master of time, must now discover the significance of time. Having the power to effect a thing, we learn, is not the same as having real understanding of the thing. We are often blinded by the very thing we are compelled to worship.
I found the story well-written, with an abbreviated writing style making me feel like I was reading the thoughts of the characters instead of waiting for an author to develop the players for me. I was pleasantly shocked on reading how the sands of time represent “every moment of the universe.” Overall, Mitch Albom presents a book where the focus is not on the style, but on the underlying development of the grand theme of time.
I was so engaged by the presentation of the story that I would have guessed it was merely about 50 pages instead of the actual 240. But as I learned, “Time Flies.”
” The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. Release date: Sept. 4, Hyperion Publishing
“Where did the time go?” “Time flies.” “I ran out of time.” “It’s like time stood still.” They’re just a few examples of the time-related phrases that we all use, words that imply is something that we can’t control.
But, what if you could, would you want what comes with the responsibility?
Time – whether it’s too or too little – and how it’s handled by fallible humans is the subject of best-selling author Mitch Albom’s latest , “The Time Keeper.” Just as with his other hits – “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “Have a Little Faith,” “One More Day” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” his novel is a thought provoker, urging readers to find the depth in his simple, yet imaginative writings. He has once again taken a simple theme and created an inspirational tale that lingers in the mind long after the last page is read.
Time is first noticed 600,000 years by Dor, an ordinary man with an extraordinary need to count, measure and bring order to his days. He is the first man on earth to count hours, literally becoming Father Time. Rather than embracing time as a gift from God, Dor challenges Him when his wife dies.
Dor is banished to a cave when voices rise up from a pool as they ask, plead and demand more time. Centuries have passed, and Dor doesn’t have the spiritual strength to take much more. God agrees to free him if he can help two people, a teenage girl named Sarah and an elderly man, Victor, embrace the true meaning of time. Armed with a magical hourglass, Dor travels through time into today’s society, one dominated and dictated by time.
He finds the lonely, heartbroken girl ready to kill herself. Victor is counting on his money to help him cheat death and live forever. One wants to cut her time short, while the other selfishly considers cryogenics so he can have another lifetime in the future. Dor’s mission is to help them understand that time is a precious gift, one not to be squandered or manipulated. Instead, it should be embraced and lived fully. Can he save them in time?
Albom’s story is a reminder that we, as earthy beings, are not keepers of our time, but we are its celebrants. As such, it’s up to each of us to decide how to spend whatever time we’ve been given. and not waste the precious gift. Actions today have consequences tomorrow. “The Time Keeper” inspires readers to take personal stock, take time to make time and appreciate the precious gift – before it’s too late.
I devoured this book in an evening. There is a pleasant mix of reality, fantasy,love/heartache, and even the slightest touch of history thrown in.
Anyone who has loved someone, missed someone, regretted a decision they have made, or felt the occasional pangs of loneliness will be able to relate to these characters. Every character has a deep sadness that surrounds their closest relationships. This sadness is what makes the characters rich and relatable.
The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars was because I thought it had a little bit of cheesyness at a couple of moments near the end. I don’t mind this, it does not detract from my personal enjoyment of the book; however, I acknowledge it as a weakness that could have been avoided.
Would recommend. Depending on your mood, have a couple of tissues near by just in case.
I’ve never written a review before, but am compelled to write this one. Albom is one of my favorite authors and with this book he has created yet another classic. “The Timekeeper” is a fable easily read in one sitting. Type-A personality readers will connect with Victor Delamonte, a man who believes he can control his destiny, even in death. Any reader who has parented a teenager will connect with the other main character, Sarah Lemon, a girl the antithesis of Victor who believes she has no control over her destiny. Any reader who has struggled with illness, depression or death will know the theme to be all too painfully true:
“There is a reason God limits our days.”
“To make each one precious.” (p. 206)
Any one who recognizes the inherent truth in this statement will love this book.