The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
“Banished for centuries, as punishment for trying to measure time, the inventor of the world’s first clock is finally granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world and embarks on a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy, ageing businessman who wants to live for ever. To save himself, he must save them both.
Gripping, and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time and just how precious it truly is.”
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What I thought:
Like most other books these days I came across this one in the library where I work. The description on the back sounded interesting but it didn’t prepare me for the actual story. I cried. At work. On my lunch break, yes, but at work! Thank God no one saw.
As the summary above states, The Time Keeper follows three people – Dor, the first person to measure time who was punished for his actions by God; Sarah, a teenage girl who resorts to suicide when the boy she loves doesn’t return her feelings; and Victor, a highly successful businessman who is dying of cancer and wants to find a way to cheat death.
Dor is the first person to measure time, and even comes up with the first calender. When his wife lays dying of sickness he wants to ask God to give him more time with her, but God punishes him for trying to measure time and locks him in a small cave with no way out. Within the cave Dor hears the pleas for more (sometimes less) time of everyone in this world, and unknowingly he becomes known as Father Time.
When Sarah and Victor are about to consider drastic measures themselves – Sarah contemplates and finally attempts suicide and Victor wants to freeze himself to outlive his cancer until a cure is found – Dor is sent into their lives to help them realise what he himself has realised while being imprisoned in the cave: the reason God has numbered our days and why life is worth living until the end.
I loved the book the whole way through, but when I came closer to the end and Dor showed Sarah and Victor the consequences of their drastic actions I cried. At work. On my lunch break, yes, but usually people pop into the kitchen for tea or a snack and am I ever glad no one came in while I was wiping my tears away! There’s a beautiful, thought-provoking message at the end, and even a happy ending for those of you who love those (like me).
This book is very much worth your time, but if you haven’t got a lot of that to spare be assured it’s a short book. I’ve started and finished mine on three lunch breaks, which is no time at all! (no puns intended each time I say ‘time’)
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