Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

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 spined it and how precious it truly is.

MY TAKE:

I have read most of Mitch Albom's books so I was excited to read this one.

The Time Keeper focuses on the stories of three people. One is Dor who becomes Father Time; Victor, a rich man trying to defeat his cancer diagnosis; and Sarah, a teenager who goes through a tough time.

As someone who is always in a hurry and always worried about time, seeing as how I work for a company wherein time is very important, this book was very easy to relate to. This book is a must-read for people, I think, because it reminds us that we shouldn't rush so much.

As for the main characters, my favorite character was Victor. I could relate to his tenacity and I respected his business success. He is a well-rounded character, which is important for books like this that are almost fable-like. I wasn't a fan of Sarah, though. She's a bit too annoying and whiney for my taste.

Thanks to NetGalley and Hyperion for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. It has an important lesson.
  2. It doesn't become preachy.
  3. There are some very quotable quotes here.

THE BAD:

  1. Dor's story might not be interesting to some.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like Mitch Albom's other books.
  2. You are always rushing to finish things.
  3. You like feel-good stories.

RATING:
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