Title: The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Publication: September 4th 2012, Hachette Books
ISBN: 0751541184 / 9780751541182
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.
“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”
The story began at the beginning of time. I mean, literally beginning of time when a man discovered the concept of time. Dor, or Father time, has this unstoppable curiousness about anything around him and he started counting and numbering every little thing which in return had led him to lived for thousands of years. Alone. In a cave. Also, in the cave, he could hear all the misery and the people asking for time to go fast or for time to move slowly and the two of the voices that stood out are: Victor, the rich man who wanted to live longer, and Sarah, the broken-hearted girl who wanted to take away her life. It was later revealed that Victor and Sarah would just regret their decision and when they get back to present, they both let time took over their life instead the other way around.
“There is a reason God limits our days.’
‘To make each one precious.”
The story teaches me, personally, that time shouldn’t be take for granted. We always thought that we still have enough time but in reality, how do we know how much time do we have left? And what do we do with our time left? Time is something once wasted, you can’t get back- so use it to the right thing and spend it with the right people. Also, you shouldn’t regret doing something that once made you happy because at one point in your life, that’s exactly what you want.
“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.”
As usual, Albom dealt with the struggles of life, which in this case is the time spent trying to be alive but barely living. Do the things you wanted to do while you still have time because you never know when the time is up. It’s better to commit mistake and learn from it than not trying at all. It’s harder to regret something you never did. Being alive doesn’t mean you’re living so don’t let time passed by just doing things you SHOULD do, and not the things that MAKES you happy. Remember: Carpe Diem!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mitch Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books include Tuesdays with Morrie, Five people you meet in Heaven, For One More Day, etc. To know more about him, head on to his website: mitchalbom.com.