20 March 2013

The Time Keeper

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Mitch Albom
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Rating: 9 out of 10

Summary (via 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.

My Take (quickly because this is a funny book to review): I really loved this book. It has an incredible premise. It really forces you to think about your view of time. You question whether or not you waste time. You wonder if you live life to the fullest. You also have to question what you think about death. I could understand each characters side of the story. I could follow why they would make certain choices or say certain things. The characters used in this book could be any person in the world.

In Closing: You should just read this book because you just should. It's pretty incredible and life changing. Give it a try.

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