Book Review: The Time Keeper

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I’ve got to send you back to your owner. Bye.

Title : The Time Keeper

Author : Mitch Albom

Published by : Hachette Books on September 4, 2012

Genres : Fiction, Fantasy, Inspirational

Pages : 222

My personal rating : 8 out of 10

Book Synopsis

“In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, 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 seek more days, more years.

Eventually, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world-now dominated by the hourcounting he so innocently began- and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and an old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.”

My thoughts

The Time Keeper is my second attempt into Mitch Albom’s books and it is inevitable not to compare it with his Five People You Meet in Heaven, the first book of him I’ve read. The tones of both books somehow are similar. The main figures were desperate people in my opinion, who were so lonely in their life yet they did not realize the affection their surroundings gave to them until the deaths came. The bizarre settings are also somehow alike too, the new realms related to the image of afterlife, the flashbacks and/or flash-forwards of accidents, and the heavenly-like nuances. These tones make us, the readers, ponder about life especially about those who live with us. They tell us to appreciate every moment we have and to think about others before our selfish thoughts.

However, The Time Keeper failed to exceed my expectation. I expected to get drawn into Albom’s world after reading Five People You Meet in Heaven. Yet, the ideas of the time story was quite prevalent to me that I felt like I’ve heard this before in some parts of the book. I had expected something more. Also I still do not understand about why Nim’s story was portrayed here. Was it to connect him with Victor? Then why should Sarah and Victor be chosen in the first place among millions people? Truthfully, I couldn’t feel the solitude and the voids in their stories to make them go further and to give up on their life. Compared to To Room 19, I could imagine the dark evil that played a trick and consumed Susan Rawlings’ mind though actually she didn’t even have problems in her people-assumed perfect life.

Despite my criticism, I still enjoyed reading this book because I like this kind of thoughtful readings. And I still look forward to the next foray into Albom’s books, Tuesdays With Morrie hopefully. (Is there anyone who wants to lend or even to give me this book? 😜)

Interesting Quotes

“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.”
“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.”
“When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”
“But a desperate heart will seduce the mind.”
“There is a reason God limits our days.”
“Why?”
“To make each one precious.”

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