Book Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

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Hi there, 

Welcome back to the Conversationalist Blog! I hope you’re excited for this month’s book review on Mitch Albom’s ‘The Time Keeper.’ You know summer is nearing its end as labor day is around the corner, morning weather is getting gloomy here in southern California and all local retail stores are displaying autumnal decor and a plethora of halloween costumes. 

Fall is hands-down one of my favorite seasons of the year. With all the festive holidays to look forward to, the warm and cozy recipes to test, breaking out your favorite sweaters, to spending time with loved ones, autumnal season allows me to slow down the pace of life and make every moment count. 

In the spirit of transitioning seasons, calendar countdowns and a fast-approaching new year, I present to you the wisdom of appreciating the true meaning of time that I’ve learned while reading this month’s book. . 

“Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” – pg (8)

Book Sections: 

Beginning | Cave | The In-Between | Falling | Earth | City | Letting Go | New Year’s Eve | Stillness | Future 

Book Details:  222 pages, bite-sized chapters (only 1-3 pages in length), a quick read, hooking narrative and relatable characters. 

As someone who gravitates towards the fiction genre aisle in a bookstore, and is a fan of Albom’s writing style, this month’s book was a treat – short enough to read quickly but recommended to read at a comfortable pace to reflect on the meaning of each transition.  

‘The Time Keeper’ is a novel about Dor who becomes the first man on earth to invent the clock & begin measuring time. Instead of living each moment fully, Dor was so busy trying to figure out a way to define time that he missed out on what truly mattered- being present with loved ones. As a punishment, Dor is given the responsibility to find two individuals on earth & teach them the real meaning of time. With this preface in mind, the stories of Dor, Allie, Sarah, Lorraine, Victor & Grace begins. 

Albom hooks the reader instantly as he begins developing his story when presenting his three main characters – Dor, Sarah & Victor. Their journey’s are narrated from an individualistic perspective, however are later inter-connected towards the end of the novel. Like many of us finding ourselves on each side of the time spectrum- either wanting more or less of it- Albom’s main characters grapple with their own truths, desires and short-comings. I thoroughly enjoyed the abbreviated chapters because it kept me engaged and eager to continue turning the page. 

This novel is a perfect read for a short flight, a road trip or just a relaxing way to wind down before bed. Albom’s reflective style of storytelling made a profound impact on me as I followed the journey of his main characters. 

I really resonated with the character of Sarah, a girl who hadn’t understood her self-worth & value for so long until she got publicly humiliated by someone she had feelings for. I’ve been in a relationship before where I was devalued, disrespected and disregarded. It’s one of the most terrible situations to be in when all you want is to love, and be loved, but the opposite person doesn’t reciprocate those feelings. As soul-crushing of an experience that can be, Albom uses Sarah’s story to empower other girls to practice self-love and create their own self-value rather than depending on others to come and fill voids only they can fill. 

“Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.” (pg. 112)

As the tale nears it culmination, we notice a shift in the character’s attitudes towards one another. Victor, the 14th wealthiest businessman is now confronting his own death with some unusual companions by his side. Sarah, on the other hand, a smart highschool student practicing self-loathing all her life is now realizing the consequences of her suicide attempt with a grumpy old man & the ageless Father Time. 

Will Dor be able to teach Sarah and Victor that time is not an entity which we own & that everything happens in the order in which it needs to? Will Victor accept his nearing death? Will Sarah be courageous enough to keep living despite all the hurt she’s faced in life? Will Dor be granted his overdue freedom? 

Give this book a read and find out for yourselves. I promise you it won’t disappoint. 

“There is a reason God limits our days.” 

“Why?”

 “To make each one precious.” -(pg. 206)

Thank you so much for joining me on this month’s book review! Catch you on the next post. 

Happy Reading!! 

-Ashna 

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