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The Time Keeper Paperback – 12 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751541176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751541175
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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An enthralling fantasy ... A story that makes the reader consider the real value of their lives (The Lady)

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From the inspirational author of Tuesdays with Morrie comes the compelling tale of the man who became Father Time.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lj Rm Roberts on 17 Sept. 2013
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'With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can't appreciate what we have.'

===Sort Synopsis===

This story starts 6 millennia ago when a man first discovers how to record time and is banished and turned into Father Time.
Only in the 20th century is he released to make amends - ad he has two people to meet up with and work through their problems. A fictional fable about how we think of everything in relation to Time.

===My Opinion===

I have been quite a fan of Mitch Albom, enjoying his two other books, 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' and 'Tuesdays with Morrie'.
I quite enjoy time travel stories so when say this book was newly released on Amazon I decided to give it a try.
Like all other of Mitch's books it is written in an easy to read style. The chapters are very short and there are quite a few pages with just a few lines of writing on, so although the book is classed as
256 pages the actual story only takes up 136 of them and being short chapters as well you can read it really quickly. You could easily finish it in a day.
I am not quite sure what I think of this book and it was not until you actually got to the end of the story that you had any idea how things would work out.
The main character is Dor, who is clever and figures out how to record time with sticks and shadows. For bringing the awareness of time to the human race he is banished - but then comes back to save two individuals.
I am sorry to say this book did not grip me quite as the other Mitch Albom books did.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Toby on 29 Sept. 2013
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Whilst the sentiment of appreciating time, or rather not worrying about time, that the author tries to convey is perhaps admirable, the book comes across as slightly preachy and religious. The writing style is very easy to read but reminded me a children's book. Personally, I didn't get much out of reading The Time Keeper and the religious themes made me slightly uncomfortable at times, but overall it was OK.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2014
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Focusing on the very human traits of hope and love and the value each of us places on “time” in our lives, THE TIMEKEEPER by Mitch Albom transports the reader into the everyday reality of how we choose to spend the time allotted to each of us. Parts of the book are slow, and if not for the thought provoking aspect of how we are governed by and forever wishing for more when it comes to time, one might not be convinced to slog through it.

While some religious aspects are addressed the dominant aspect of the book can be summed up with the following points: (1) Time is the virtual controller of our daily lives because we allow it to be. (2) Each of us, individually, determines the value of the time allotted to us. (3) Don’t count the moments left in your life – just live them to the fullest. (4) You can’t bargain with God, or with Father Time, to give you more. He limits our days to ensure that we realize that each day is precious.

While not Albom's best, this is a relatively quick read, so if it turns out that this is not your “cuppa” – you haven’t wasted to much of that precious commodity called TIME! 2 1/2 STARS
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This novel tells the story of two seemingly insignificant people - one who is running out of time and is desperate to extend the inevitable, another who wants nothing more than to make time go faster - as they are brought together by a man who lived thousands of years ago trying to teach them to value the time they've both been given, no matter how short or long.

'The Time Keeper' starts at the dawn of man's history with Dor and his friends Nim and Alli. As they grow older Nim seeks power and tries to control the people, Dor on the other hand seems perfectly content to build a life with Alli. Until he gets consumed by tracking time. He is the first human to make devices to count time, and as he predicts when the sun and moon come and go he even starts on the first calendar.

But as Alli falls ill, Dor wants to not only count time, but also control it. Desperate to gain more time with his wife Dor runs up a tower, which Nim's slaves built all the way to heaven, in the hopes that the gods can help save Alli. Instead he ends up in a cave as Father Time and as thousands of years pass he hears the people's voices pleading for more or less time, never happy with the speed at which time passes for them.

Sarah Lemon is a high school student, smarter than most of her peers and an outcast. But when a popular guy in her school suddenly pays attention to her she keeps wishing for time to go quicker so she can see him again.

Victor Delamonte is the fourteenth richest man in the world and while he's in his mid-eighties he's still working as the head of his company. Suffering from cancer his time is quickly running out and using the wealth at his disposal Victor is seeking a way to stop time and extend his life.
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