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This book may make you think of Time in a different way
on 17 September 2013
'With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can't appreciate what we have.'
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.
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. I enjoyed reading it and wanted to keep reading the net page and the next age, but although it was dealing with how we think of time and how we value it, or not, it did not really resonate with me as much as it should have done.
According to the book 'everything happens when it is supposed to'.
You get to see a certain part of the future where ' everyone can live longer than we imagined. They fill every waking minute with action, but they are empty'.
It is a moral tale to encourage people to value the time they have, and not to wish for the past or the future - tie is limited on earth - so that we value it more - ''There is a reason God limited our days - to make each one special'. For 'when you are measuring time, you are not living it'.
I did enjoy this book in its way - and am not sure really why I feel slightly detached from the characters. I would recommend this as a quick short read - quite enjoyable - but not quite as good as some of Albom's other works