The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper

Book - 2012
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From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper --a compelling fable about the first man on Earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom's exceptional 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 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.

Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it, and how precious it truly is.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401322786
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,19 cm.

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Karen_028
Jul 07, 2019

I find the flow of the story interesting, the intertwined connections between the characters unravels as the chapter went on.

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ididarodkid
Apr 20, 2019

For me, this book provoked different levels of the conception of time. Perhaps give more thought to how we prioritize our time. What really matters. Not going down the rabbit hole of distraction and meaningless pursuit. The mystery of how decisions in regard to our worth, could, in time, evolve in to touching that of another person. As a tapestry, weaving the texture, the color, and choice of time spent on each aspect weaves the final illustration. The time allotted to us is finite. The choices of how we 'spend' that time could have consequences that are infinite.

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sharon711
Mar 22, 2019

This is a fable about the meaning of time. But it is also grounded in the author’s faith in the existence of God. The main character, Dor, invents Time by creating gadgets that can be used to measure it. Time is cast as a villain, robbing humans of the simple pleasures found in every moment. An old man (God) banishes Dor to an underground cave for 6000 years until Dor finally fulfills his life’s purpose.

Any good fable has morals. In this one, they are liberally sprinkled through the story. Even those who don't hold a strong faith in the traditional concept of God can take some useful messages from this story about living life to the fullest.

The construction, though, is different from the author's previous efforts. It may not be to everybody's taste. The sentences are simply cast. Boldface seems excessive. The outcome is fairly predictable.

But if you like a story that inspires hope, this little tale could be for you.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 24, 2019

Another winner by Mitch Albim. His stories always remind me to step back and consider what's really important in life :)

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tracysue
Feb 06, 2019

I usually like this author, but this book didn’t keep my attention. I gave up after the first 50 pages.

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Alma_Anya
Nov 28, 2018

In today's world where time is given great importance, it is difficult to go without bringing it up in our daily lives. It's time to meet. It's time to move on. What time do you need to get there? What time does it end? Where has the time gone? Time to go....Now imagine if you were given the choice to alter time, render it irrelevant. Would you take that opportunity? Will your decision consider those who love you or will your self interest take precedence? This is the burning question that is explored in this book and how Mitch goes on to define time and where it all began is, in my opinion absolutely mind blowing! Just when I thought his books can't get any better, I pick up this one! Go read it! I would say I like it better than Tuesdays with Morrie.

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Squid_1
Feb 28, 2018

If you have time to read a book about time, that is overkill and dragged out, then read it as it is okay. However, if you do not have time to read a book about time, then move onto a different book. For me, the book did not captivate me enough to continue past three chapters. Life is too short (Ha! Time!) to waste on a mediocre book.

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storywizard
Nov 15, 2017

Came upon this title in the VPL catalogue, needing a read that would act as a distraction from the everyday...what a gift this little book was. A very quick and potent read, had the best sleep in weeks afterwards...
Highly recommended as a gentle wake up call from out technology centric culture...

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InsJavert
Jun 22, 2017

It has been a long time since I finished a book in one day. Though this is a short novel, I was immediately drawn into the plot and theme, which I found quite fascinating.

My son had previously read it and given a good rating. His and my tastes are similar and we will read the likes of the other. From previous posts, we are hard core Walt Longmire fanatics and discuss with delight each book as it comes out. As I indicated, he had given this book a good rating and so I thought I would read it too.

I cannot and frankly will not get into the story. Read the Goodreads synopsis to know the premise of the book. For, if I were to say anything about the story plot or anything else, I simply will do a horrible injustice by spoiling it for you, if you were to decide to read it.

This I will say. This book is easy to read, endearing, and well written. This is no amateur author, and his seasoning and experience come through so well. The characters are well developed. Developed around a story plot that makes you think from the beginning to the very end. It will not blow or warp you mind, but the story will definitely leave an impression on you. The plot, accentuated by the characters, all blend together in one of the stories that enchants you from the first page to the last, thus the reason I read it a day.

Since the title as well as the synopsis will fill you in of the premise of the story, I can divulge this; you will come away with a deeper appreciation for life, not so much time, maybe in a perspective of not letting it over take you, but to live in it.

Can not recommend this book enough.

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Ricegirl1959
Jun 03, 2017

It has been many years since I read a work of fiction. Then, while at the Library I read the book, "Tuesdays with Morrie," by Mitch Albom. "Tuesdays," of course is not a work of fiction, but a very moving work of non-fiction and I was curious and wanted to read other works by Mr. Albom.

I found and read a summary of "The Time Keeper." As a child, I enjoyed stories of time travel and thought perhaps that was the subject of this work. I thought I would take a chance. As soon as read the first couple of lines, Mr. Albom had my full attention. I was HOOKED. I have never had an author grab my attention as quickly as Mr. Albom. I found his characters to be real.

I will definitely be reading more of Mr. Albom's work and I look forward to what adventures they will bring.

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Doodflame
Feb 01, 2015

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readsalot80
Feb 07, 2015

This is the story about Father Time. He was human once and wanted to learn more about the earth so devised ways to tell the passage of time. As punishment, he is put in a cave where he doesn't age and must listen to people's request about time. After thousands of years, its time to help two people learn the importance of time and why having limited time is so important. Short book, but with good insight on the meaning of time.

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