Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: September 2012
Pages: 240
Source: Library
For: Book Group

Summary (from goodreads):
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.
Things I Liked:
Interesting thoughts about what time means and how much it rules our lives.  I am very much a clock watcher and I hate to be without my watch.  I can see how it sort of takes over my life in getting places at certain times.  An interesting look at humanity and the importance of individuals and relationships.

Things I Didn't Like:
I don't much care for the style of writing.  It's very simplistic and at times annoyed me that way.  I also thought it kind of ignored how we do have to pay attention to time to function in our world.  Not everything associated with keeping time is bad.  Not much nuance there.  There's a nice line between being obsessed by it and acknowledging it's importance.

I got nothing...

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ***

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  1. This one looks weird. Probably not my cup of tea.

  2. Have you read any other books by Mitch Albom? I read Have a Little Faith earlier this year and loved it. And I'm about to start his newest book next week.
    Sorry to hear this book wasn't as enjoyable for you.

    1. I really loved his nonfiction, Tuesdays with Morrie, but this one was just out there for me. I think I'd prefer his nonfiction over fiction.


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