Sunday, September 09, 2012
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Who was the first man to measure time? In Albom's story, it was a boy named Dor, a boy fascinated by counting. As he grew, he learned to measure time by the sun and moon, by water and devices he made. But, he never called it time, and he didn't realize he was changing the world. He was a simple man who only loved the woman he married, Alli, and his children, but he was obsessed with counting and measuring time. He's eventually punished for trying to measure God's gift. He's imprisoned in a cave where he becomes Father Time, listening to the cries of the universe, as people beg for more time. The imprisonment lasts centuries, but Father Time will be allowed his freedom when he can teach two people the lesson he learned, the value of time.
Albom entwines the lives of three primary people in The Time Keeper. How can three people be so different? There's Dor, who becomes Father Time, a seventeen-year-old girl, Sarah Lemon, and Victor Delamonte, who, at eighty-seven, is the fourteenth richest man in the world. And, as in all good fables, there are lessons to be learned from mistakes and the past. Each of these characters made a tragic mistake when it came to valuing time.
It sounds simplistic, doesn't it? But, once again, Albom has managed to tell a story everyone can relate to, telling it simply while confiding one of life's important lessons. Dor, from Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper, has a message for all of us. Do we appreciate what we have when we count every minute? It's a lesson every reader will take to heart in a different way.
Note: I have one quibble with Albom's book. At one time, he says man alone has a paralyzing fear of time running out. He's obviously never lived with domesticated cats. Mine walk all over me in bed in the morning, if I'm late giving them breakfast. They obviously can tell time, and think they're going to die of starvation.
Mitch Albom's website is www.mitchalbom.com
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Hyperion. 2012. ISBN 978140132786 (hardcover), 224p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.