Review: The Time Keeper (Mitch Albom)

Rating: 3 Stars

The story of the man who discovered time (long before human’s ever did) and, after angering the gods, was sentenced to a lifetime of keeping time, never aging, and living in solitude, separated from the love of his life.

I’m a sucker for Mitch Album books – I can’t lie. He won me over completely while I sobbed reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I really enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie. And the past year when The Next Person You Meet in Heaven came out, I sobbed once more. So I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this book. It was different from the other three I just mentioned, but at the same time, still very much in that style of fictional worlds, with the underlying theme of how one act can affect the rest of, not only your life, but the lives of those around you.

This one had a bit more of a mythical quality to it as Father Time had to realize his destiny after angering the gods. But it still had that same hazy, dreamlike quality that The Five People had.

It wasn’t my favourite book by Albom (The Five People resonated so profoundly within me that I’m not sure he’ll be able to top it in my own personal world) but it was certainly a quick and enjoyable read.

There’s not much more to say about it, it couldn’t have stuck closely to realty as you literally had to suspend belief for the entirety of the book, but it wasn’t hard to do since it involved the concept of time before man even discovered it. So overall I didn’t struggle with the concept of it at all. I thought it was a really poetic way of looking at the old tale of Father Time and who he was. It was really quite simple and beautiful. I finished it in one day and I would recommend it if you’d like a nice, light, enjoyable read!

I found this one at a thrift shop and now it’s making me feel like I need to figure out what else he’s written and track down some copies!

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