Mitch Albom has done it again: The Time Keeper

I'm not sure whether I recommend that you go to Mitch's site to check out what he has to say about The Time Keeper.  I watched his video with interest after reading the book, and he might be saying too much.  Read the book first (it's quite well-done, no surprise there) and then go here to listen to Mitch's talk.  He's truly an extraordinary person - so many hats, and yet, his books are beyond inspirational, they're entertaining.  He tells a good yarn.  Suspends disbelief, as it were, and gives the reader much to think about.

If you don't know what the Tower of Babel is, I suggest you look that up - it's a reference that, like so many other references in literature, is not explained.  You are expected to know it, and so you should.

How many times have you wished for more time?  Just another few minutes, just another hour?  Wish that you could spend "just one more day" with a loved one who has passed away?  Wish that you could hold your little ones back from moving into adulthood for just a little while longer?  Me too.  We are all the same - time is fleeting - it eludes us.  We become engrossed in the day-to-day minutiae of our existence, and we look up, and years have passed.  Where did the time go?  Time flies when you're having fun?  It flies when you're not having fun too - so perhaps we should be sure to have some fun.

Dor is the first person on Earth to figure out Time.  He spends his life studying it - and ignoring his life a little more than he should.  His obsession with measuring time is his downfall - and two people on Earth, one who wants more time, one who wants less, need him to use his terrible punishment to help them see their error.  

Mitch does a superb job writing as a very old man (and we've seen that before) but even more astonishing is that he does a very astute job writing as a teenaged girl.  One who is not so hard to understand perhaps, like all of us, she has some struggles with self-esteem and confidence, but Mitch gives her a unique voice, and the buy-in is complete.  She's a very believable character with a lot to say - and a lot to learn.

Read the book - tell me what you think.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and yet, I still haven't decided what will be my big take-away  - but I'm not going to waste too much precious time mulling it over.


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