Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Summary from Goodreads: 

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. 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.

My thoughts: 

I didn't expect the Time Keeper to be such a downer of a book. Sometimes I contemplated whether or not to finish the book because many parts were depressing. I did finish the book, and I'm truly glad I kept on reading. 

In the story we learn about Dor (the Time keeper) the first person to begin measuring time, Victor (a rich elderly man who wants to be immortal), and Sarah (who wants to die after her crush rejects her). As I'm reading the book I'm wondering how are these three stories being told relate to one another. Later on in the book everything comes together on how and why their lives are intertwined. 

I was on an emotional rollercoaster while reading this. Practically in tears by the end! Even though it was a tearful read for me, I liked how it ended on a happy note.

Rating: B 

Unoffical book trailer for The Time Keeper

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