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The Time Keeper [Paperback]

Mitch Albom
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Book Description

12 Sep 2013

Banished for centuries, as punishment for trying to measure time, the inventor of the world's first clock is finally granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world and embarks on a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy, ageing businessman who wants to live for ever. To save himself, he must save them both.

Gripping, and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time and just how precious it truly is.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0751541176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751541175
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,668 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Amateurish 29 Sep 2013
By Toby
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 Jun 2013
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This is the 4th book by this author that I've read and I think this is my favourite so far. I love the idea behind this book .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mitch Albom 23 Dec 2013
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Really great idea , but something is missing, something raw and gritty that humbles you or makes you think - "Its simple!" the kind of reaction you have with other Albom's. But worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another reminder of living the moments 26 May 2013
By annz
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Another great book to pick up when you feel so lost and start questioning the purpose of your life. Loved it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE TIME KEEPER 4 Sep 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a fan of Mitch Albom I was looking forward to reading this,however in my opinion it was not as good as his previous novels.
It centres around Father Time, a man doomed to live forever listening to the voices of people wishing they had a longer life with more time for themselves. He is given the task of coming to earth to help two people, one an elderly gentleman Victor who is terminally ill and wishes to live forever, the other Sarah, a teenager who wishes to end her life. If successful Father Time will be granted the freedom and happiness he has yearned for.
An easy read with as is usual with this author a strong meaning running through the book pertaining to life. For me I just found the story lacking, not my favourite.
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Published 1 month ago by Ms. A. bowles
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An interesting book - took me a while to get into it but it is cleverly written and certainly made me think about how I perceive time.
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Fantastic book, up there as one of my all time favourites. Would definitely recommend it, also recommend the seller as delivered promptly
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