By the same author of The Five People You Meet In Heaven, this short novel (or long fable, which seems more appropriate), is a thought-provoking, engrossing read, and I finished it in about four hours, at three in the morning, whilst stuck in a moment of insomnia. I was running out of time to sleep whilst, ironically, reading about time--the concept of it; the implications that time has had on everyone's lives.
We never have enough time. Or we have too much. We're either looking to the past, or ahead to the future, but we barely ever live in the present day. In the now.
Either way, Mitch Albom approaches the subject in a fresh, non-preachy, non-patronising way, and the effect worked. I put the book down with a good feeling bubbling inside me; a need to stop placing time on a pedestal and just live my life and enjoy it. The story itself doesn't have much depth, and yet there's a measure of depth in its simplicity. It's a thin story wrapped around a lesson.
Or a lesson wrapped around a story.
Anyway, check it out. I recommend it. Plus you'll finish it in an afternoon, so it won't take up too much TIME. Ya dig?