Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


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.
This is one of those books that made me stop and think about life. More specifically, and obviously, about time. Dor was interested in time way back before anyone knew what time was. And, when his wife became ill, wanted to stop time or go back in time in order to be with her. What he got wasn't exactly what he was looking for.

His job later is to find 2 people, one who wants too much time and one who wants too little and to help them. He definitely does that (though it takes until the end of the book to get to it). It's an inspirational read and one that doesn't take very long to get through (always a plus for me).

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