The Timekeeper – Mitch Albom
I read this book in April and it features in short on my Monthly Mental Health memo and if you have followed my blog for a while you with recognise the author, as one I truly love, to read more of my thoughts on Mitch Albom click here.
My birthday falls at the start of April and a couple of Mitch’s other books were on the top of my list of gifts I would love to receive, and that I did. My first choice was The Timekeeper, and in my reading fashion, I read it in a handful of days. Losing myself in the story and what life really means.
The Goodreads story description is this…
In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.
The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
Goodreads is correct, the book is exactly what it says above, but it has so much more to offer, so much to teach or remind us of.
But I think that this extract is a better taste of what The Timekeeper offers you with.
The plot of the book is simple, clear and easily comprehended. Though it switches between people and perspectives, Mitch does this without causing complications for the reader. The plot’s primary theme of time is also something all readers have an understanding of making the book highly accessible to almost anyone.
But though the plot is simple and concise, the book isn’t, it is thought-provoking, deep, and filled with lessons that are invaluable. The complexity derives from its simplicity as the theme of time, when explored, offers us with thousands of questions.
I read this book, took in its every word, and it now lives within me. I am writing this blog a while after reading The Timekeeper, but I can say with complete honesty as I type my mind is filled with all the unanswered questions it left me with. With all the parts of life and philosophical ideas, I am on the pursuit to find answers to. (even though I know the answers do not exist)
What The Timekeeper taught me…
The book reminded me of a lot of things, the silly little things, about time. But it taught me something and opened my eyes to something I had not yet once considered.
A life without time. A life that wasn’t monitored, tracked and perceived as good or bad, poor or weak, desirable or undesirable due to a clock. And the creation of us. A creation we created to help. It has taught me to appreciate time as a useful tool, not as an indefinite answer to anything else.
If you have read it, comment on what the book taught you?
Mitch Albom inspires me each time I read one of his books, and I assure you I review his books for one reason, the fact that they tell stories, and ask the questions all of us should hear. He deserves your time.
I am going to leave this blog post here, as I spend the rest of my evening consumed by all my thoughts on time.
But I shall, of course, leave you with a quote,
“There is a reason God limits our days.”
“To make each one precious.”
Today Tomorrow Forever