Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper
From The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom:
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A man sits alone in a cave. His hair is long. His beard reaches his knees. He holds his chin in the cup of his hands. He closes his eyes. He is listening to something. Voices. Endless voices. They rise from a pool in the corner of the cave. They are the voices of people on Earth. They want one thing only. Time."

After the jump, my review.

Grade: C+

Yep, the man with the long beard in the cave is Father Time. He lives seemingly forever, trapped in time himself. He is destined to listen to the cries of everyone whoever wished for more time or wished for their time on Earth to end. It wasn't always this way for him. Eventually, Father Time is released from his cave just in time to come into the lives of two Americans, a teenage girl and a dying billionaire. Father Time, like Dickens' Christmas ghosts, reveals to them secrets of the past, present and future. He asks them to appreciate the time they have and learn to make the most of it. The end.

This modern fable is short, easy to read, and uplifting. I recommend it to young teens, to retired people's Tuesday afternoon book clubs, and to programs like "Richardson Reads One Book." It seems to be of a kind as "One Amazing Thing", the selection from 2012. In other words, it's fine, if you like the kind of book that doesn't challenge your thinking as much as it makes you feel good and resolve to change your life for the better. Not that there's anything wrong with that. After all, Mitch Albom is the author of the huge best-seller Tuesdays with Morrie, which many found inspiring. Maybe you'd be better served tracking down a copy of that, or better yet, Dickens, and re-reading that.

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