Time Spent Reading "The Time Keeper" is Never Wasted

Title:  The Time Keeper
Author:  Mitch Albom
Format:  E-galley
Length:  240 pages
Publisher:  Hyperion Books
Rating: 4 Stars

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.  -Goodreads


My Thoughts
Have you ever really thought about how much time you spend wasting time?
The Time Keeper provides readers with a thought provoking answer to that very question as expressed by Father Time himself. 

This book could be seen as a cautionary tale.  A warning against the pitfalls of obsession with work, love, or anything else that one might focus on to the exclusion of family, friends, and time spent leading a truly fulfilling life.


Dor's obsession with counting and time led to his missing precious moments before the death of his wife, and as a result his being appointed to the lonely position as the "keeper of time".

His time in this capacity is filled with sorrow and regret for the loss of the moments that he realizes too late were squandered in the pursuit of his passion for marking time.

Sarah is a teen obsessed with unrequited love, and as a result blinded to her worth as a person and to those who love her.  She is so lost in her grief that she has convinced herself that she is unworthy of time.  She is hell-bent on ending her time line before it has had a chance to begin.

Victor is dying and he is sure that his money and his intelligence will give him the keys to immortality.  Instead of spending his last days with his loving wife Grace, he spends every waking moment on his quest to live forever.

Can Dor save these two from their fates,
and by extension save himself?

This heart-tugging tale will remind all that read it that "Carpe Diem"  is not simply a collection of words, but a call to action.
We owe it to ourselves to not only live but to truly "seize the day"!

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2 comments:

Braine TS said...

Now I'm having second thoughts in getting this. I feel like I might not appreciate this story in full right now but maybe I'll file it under "just in case"

Beverly S. said...

Thanks for your review of The Time Keeper....sounds interesting. :)

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