Title: The Time Keeper
Writer: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Sphere (2012)
Gift from: @sah_grace
“There is a reason God limits our days. To make each one precious”
The Time Keeper is a beautiful fable about Father Time, and how time was measured by human for the first time. Dor was an ordinary boy who loved to play with his friends, Alli and Nim. But he also loved to measure things, created tools from sticks and bowls to understand the difference between days and nights. Dor didn’t want to believe in the battle between the gods of light and dark.
That’s why he dedicated all his time to learn about time, but without realizing it, he didn’t have any time left to spend with his loved ones. One day Dor had lost everything, and he was punished to spend his eternity to listen to people begging about time. He was becoming the Father Time. The only thing he could do to free himself was to find two souls on Earth who made time as their enemy, and try to save them from their sad fates.
Victor Delamonte fears time will running out soon, the doctor said his cancer is incurable and he only has short time to spend in the world. But as a very rich man, he will try everything to find a way to stay. Sarah Lemon feels time means little to her. She doesn’t want to be a part of it, she has unworthy life with no friends, fat body, nerdy brains and a guy who she likes a lot but doesn’t have the same feeling. She wants to end her life, as soon as possible. Dor has found them and now he is trying to save – teach them about the meaning of time, and free himself from his exile.
I fell in love with Mitch Albom since Tuesdays with Morrie, my survival kit when I had a very rough time about ten years ago. Since then I always followed Albom’s works, although not always impressed by them. The Time Keeper is not as strong as Morrie, or as touching as For One More Day, but it has Albom’s quality all over it. It has been written beautifully, as a reminder for us about Time, our best and worst companion in life. Sometimes we thought too much about time that we tend to forget what it really means. How many times a day we look at our watch, count the hours until our next appointment? How many times a day we thought that time flies and 24 hours would never be enough, or at certain moments, that time moving so slowly?
Although the ending of this book has too much Disney-movie feels for my taste- well, I actually quite enjoy this book, and recommend this for people who don’t want to waste their time for bad books 🙂
Father Time is the anthropomorphized depiction of time. He is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (which represents time’s constant one-way movement, and more generally and abstractly, entropy). This image derives from several sources, including the Grim Reaper and Chronos: Greek God of Time.