Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Time Keeper

The blurb on Mitch Albom's novel, The Time Keeper, says: "...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." It continues, "Father Time" is finally sent back to earth " redeem himself, by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time."

Sounded good like a good read; was not. The novel is short; read it in a few hours. The novel shifts back and forth between Dor (Father Time), Sarah and Victor, past and present. I quickly lost interest in the story; kept reading because I wanted to know what happened with Sarah.

Sarah volunteers at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, but not much said about homelessness in the story.

Someone at Goodreads said these were her favorite quotes from  The Time Keeper:

"It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be."
"when hope is gone, time is punishment."
"Time is not something you give back. The very next moment may be an answer to your prayer. To deny that is to deny the most important part of the future."

Mine is:

"He was doing what man does when left with nothing.
He was telling himself his own life story."

Dor was sitting in a cave drawing on the walls with a rock; wavy lines represented his wife's hair reminding him of his moments with her. Today, some of us, tell ourselves our own life story via blogs.

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