The Timekeeper – Mitch Albom

The Timekeeper

This is the tale of Father Time, the first man who counted the passing days and hours. 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. (Amazon.ca)

This book isn’t long, just over 208 pages and the chapters were generally 2-3 pages in length (I read the eBook edition).  It was an easy read and the story was not complex considering it dealt with bending time, but did have depth even though it was short. I didn’t find that I cared about the 2 characters that Dor (Father Time) is sent back to earth to save and their stories were stereotypical and somewhat cliché as were the conclusions.  An outcast teenager who is humiliated by a boy she thought liked her and a dying wealthy man trying to cheat death.   But I did like Dor and thought it would be interesting for him to explore the world after being in a cave for over 6000 years and delve into his abilities to manipulate time.  God plays a role in the book but Albom doesn’t preach.  I am not religious and I appreciate not being hammered over the head with God talk.  The book was well written and the characters were well-developed in a condensed period, even if I didn’t care for them.

Yah or Nah: I would say Yah to this if you are looking for a quick read and don’t mind a few minor snippets about God’s glory.  I felt that it would have been more interesting to explore Dor in the 21st century. 

quill

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