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 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 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.
©2012 Mitch Albom, Inc. (P)2012 Hyperion
I have a degree in English Literature and I really appreciate thought-provoking, lovingly-crafted tales. I think this book would appeal to people who don't mind meandering narratives, who don't worry about small details, and who don't mind being preached at.
I first heard about Mitch Albom because of the success of Tuesdays with Morrie. I have never read one of his books before and both my husband and I found this story to lack shape and cogency, the characters (especially Sarah Lemon) to be horribly cliched, and that the story had a preachy tone. I don't know whether Albom is trying to use magical realism as a device but it fails. Also neither of us felt the central character deserved to be punished for recording the passage of time -- the moral message of the whole book doesn't really seem to add up.
The narrator was excellent. I'm British and enjoyed listening to a fellow Brit who also brought the American characters to life so well. It's just a shame he was reading such a weak and tenuous story that sounds like it was dashed out by an author more interested in quantity than quality.
I rarely write a review for a book but after listening to this one I felt that I have to.
In short, my opinion about this book is that it's the kind of books that you wish that it will never finish and when you are done with it, you will feel like you have lost a dear friend.
I have always been fascinated by the perception of time. This beautiful tale is a must read for anybody who thinks there aren't enough hours in a day.
It is a very pleasant story with a great message. I enjoyed it very much. I will remember this tale as I scurry against the clock.
Another great story from Mitch Album. Live in the moment at hand and give thanks for this moment. Mitch you make this hard to do, I sit here pondering this and all I can think about is, how long until I can read yet another of your incredible stories. Thank you for being an author.
I'm a fantasy fan! I love anything that will get me out of reality if only for a little while. :o)
A story about a wonderful gift. Teaches a wonderful lesson about life. A book that has touched my heart and soul.
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