Title: The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Time Travel
Reading Level: Teen, Adult
Content: PG (adult situations and content)
This book was sweet. A fan of time travel stories, this take on the legend of Father Time takes you in a direction you wouldn’t expect. This story is less about time travel and more about man’s understanding of time and how we use it to define every moment of our existence. It all begins with the first man who dares to count the hours of the day and what happens when his desire to control time costs him what he thinks he loves more than anything else.
This story is told in two parts and the second of these parts is broken down into three points of view. Don’t let me confuse you. Basically, you have the story of how it all began and then you have the story of how it all ends as told from the point of view of: Father Time, a teenage girl, and a rich old man. The story is just as complex and fascinating as it sounds. You’ll definitely walk away from this story giving much thought to how you spend the moments of your life.
I won’t pretend that many of the aspects of the girl and old man’s life weren’t a bit cliché, but it worked well for the overall narrative. I don’t think this is a story you need to spend too much time thinking about. Once everything is cleared away and the story is concluded, the meaning and message behind it all is clear.
This is not a YA read, but I’d definitely recommend it to some young readers as well as many adults. It’s a short read too.
I listened to this book and it was a bargain buy on CD (glad I still have one of those in my car).
I give this book a 4.
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