Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


Genre: Adult - Fantasy - Inspriational

Summary: 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.

Review: This book was very good, but not excellent.

I loved the twist of mythologies of Father Time and the Tower of Babel. Dor's take on time, and his penance for being the first man to constrain mankind to time measurement, was a beautiful story, and I loved that his romance with Alli was at the heart of it all.

Victor's story was interesting, but there was so much more to explore about cryogenics then you could get in one-third of a 200-page book. Likewise with Sarah--she had an emotional story, but it deserved more time of its own to be truly interesting.

Still, Mitch Albom is a fantastic writer. He spun a magical, ethereal tale that seems to be about time but was essentially about valuing your loved ones and yourself with the time that you have.


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