Imagine a world where there are no minutes, no days, no years, where time does not exist and moments are not calculated by measurements.
This is the world where Dor lives, until his life of measuring leads him to create the world’s first clock.
After inventing time, Dor, the main character and Father Time figure in Mitch Albom’s (“The Five People You Meet in Heaven”) newest work of fiction “The Time Keeper,” is banished to a cave after he scales the “Tower of Babel.” In this tower, Dor is left to live alone and listen to humanity’s endless yearning for more time.
Father Time is often thought of as a wrinkled old man with a beard and robe who carries an hourglass and scythe, but a Grim Reaper type image of Father Time is not how Albom depicts him. Instead, in the first paragraph of the book, readers are presented with an old man, with long hair and a beard down to his knees who is sitting alone in a cave, chin cupped in his hands and is listening to a pool of voices from the people of Earth.
Two of the voices Dor hears are Sarah Lemon, a love-stricken teen from a broken family who is close to giving up on life, and Victor Delamonte, a terminally ill billionaire set to accomplish immortality. The individual stories of Dor, Sarah and Victor get the book rolling until their stories collide.
The book’s chapters are short and paragraphs are often broken up with boldface sentences. It is a quick read with obvious, yet beautifully put, themes and morals.
As students with many classes, jobs, extracurricular activities and everything else going on in life, it is easy to relate to the longing for more minutes in the day.
Albom posted three podcasts back in January while he was writing “The TimeKeeper,” that informed fans about his writing process and leaked details about his newest book. Much like Dor in “The Time Keeper,” Albom spends his time in a cave-like office where he does most of his writing.
Aside from being the author of bestselling books, Albom is a musician, journalist, radio host and playwright and
also appears on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporter.” His website offers fans a bit of every medium he is involved in, including various sports stories, music and radio interviews.