In this novel, the inventor of the World’s First Clock is punished for trying to measure time.
The character Dor becomes “Father Time” after he creates the first ways to measure time. Dor is banished into a cave to be bombarded with all of Earth’s obsession about time – to get more, to stop, to slow down…
Dor is finally granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
The two people he must help are Sarah Lemon, a seventeen-year-old with way too many problems, and Victor Delamonte, a man dying from cancer who also happens to be the fourteenth-richest man in the world.
I’m can’t say this is a brilliant read as it does have several flaws: there are a lot of flash-backs, flash-forwards and time freezes. Plus Albom uses a technique of bolding some sentences throughout the book –for no apparent reason! Also, the female character is a bit one dimensional.However, I love the overall message in the book – live in the moment and enjoy what is happening here and now.
Albom writes, “Man alone measures time… and, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
Despite its shortcomings, The Time Keeper is a quick read with an inspiring message.
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.