Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

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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.

My comments :

Received this book from a friend.

I have always liked Mitch Albom books as they are easy to read and meaningful. Unfortunately, I can;t say the same for this book. It took me "forever" to finish reading this. Most probably one of the contributing factor was that the book I've got is an e-book.

First of all the characters in this book were nothing really special and just doesn't "connect" . 

Dor, the Father of Time, was too busy inventing and discovering something to measure time till he neglected the world around him. Even neglected his own family. He only regretted it when he lost them.

The other two characters, Sarah and Victor, too did not shine and expected. They are just your average everyday person. One wanted love and acceptance and the other wanted more time . Both neglected to view what they were having in front of them.

The ending was rather predictable. 

However, I have to mention is that the word play and the flow of the sentence in this book is still as "delicious" as ever. I liked the way he uses words as he made them come alive.

Overall, am giving this book 2 stars out of 5 star.

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