Friday, May 3, 2013

The Time Keeper [book review]

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper
by +Mitch Albom
224 pp. – ©2012, Hyperion Books

It seems we all want more of it. No matter how many books are written, how many lectures, blogs, magazine articles - we all seem to want more time. And that is exactly the premice of the latest book by Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.

After his enormous success with "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" , he returns now with a florid and imaginative story about how time was created and how we all became ensnared by its power and attraction.

Mr. Albom starts his story before the beginning of time when Father Time began to count the days and notice the movements of the sun and stars. He intersperses this ancient tale with the stories of two contemporary characters immersed in their own problems and yearnings for more time.

Eventually, in an almost "ready for the movies" account of their fate, the three stories merge in an abundance of special effects and fantasy.

But besides the pyrotechnics of imagery, the bottom line message of the book is clear. We are all so enslaved by the concept of time that we are missing the point of living the moment and the life happening right now.

The Time Keeper is a quick, easy to read book worthy of your attention and perhaps worthy of your time.

Quotes from the Book
"Soon man will count all his days, and then smaller segments of the day, and then smaller still – until the counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost." (p.46)

"Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing." (p. 145)

"He explained how once we began to chime the hour, we lost the ability to be satisfied." (p.207)

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