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The Time Keeper

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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 fre...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Hyperion
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Lydia Presley
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom has been on my excitement list for a while now. Such a great cover, an author I really enjoy, and a story about Father Time - how could I not be excited!

What I expected and what I got were two different things, however. Instead of getting an interesting, complex story about a fantastical creature, I got instead chopped bits of a story, tossed together like a bit of a human salad, and mixed all up.

This story is part Dor, part Victor, and part Sarah, but does not sp...more
Albom's fingers on the keyboard turn out golden prose, whether a column or a book. The Time Keeper is like a combination of precious metal. The story opens with Dor who lives four thousand years ago.

(Edited to add that a person named Sidney who has a private profile complained in a comment 9 months after I wrote this review that I should warn there are spoilers. I don't think this review does, but you can stop reading now if you wish).

back to the review... Albom's explanation of Dor's thought...more
Oh, Dor…..Dor……Dor. You silly man. What possessed you to measure time? You screwed things up for the rest of us. Now we have to BE places at certain times and DO things until the time comes when we are allowed to go home. Why did you do this to humanity? Someone should imprison you in a cave for 6000 years and make you think about what you did, and not let you out until you are truly sorry.

Wait….that is what happened.

Dor was a curious man who lived 6000 years in the past. He wanted to measure th...more
In the beginning, I kept falling asleep while reading this book. By the time Dor was compelled to action for his two souls, I was able to push through to the conclusion of the book. I found it satisfying as it reinforces the importance of being in the moment and being grateful for those moments, whether they are good or bad. It reinforces the value of being interdependent with those we love and care about, that we need to be open and honest and fully present for them.

I recommend this to others,...more
If I were to rate this book, I'd probably give it 2 stars. I feel bad doing that, though, so I'm just leaving it blank. It's not that it's a bad book. It's a nice little fable and has good intentions. Many will no doubt find it comforting and life-affirming. I just found it all a bit too obvious for my taste. Perhaps I'm just not one who feels I need a fable to remind me how precious our time on earth is, or how important it is to try to live in the moment. I'm all too aware of it every day.

Daniel Kite
For a man so seemingly pre-occupied with how little time we have on Earth and how we tend not to appreciate this amount of time, Albom ironically spends almost no time at all delving into the interiority of his characters beyond the clichéd. Dor is an interesting character on paper, but so little is put into why he has this desire to measure time. The familial and social struggles of Sarah and the devastating childhood of Victor are largely parsed over, so much so that there is little reader inv...more
“Knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”

A short story before the review.
You know, I have a friend. A very precious one. One, who knows many parts of me better than any other person.
She, more than anyone else, knows how obsessed I am with time. Always was. I am always in time, always counting time and paying attention to it. It can be quite annoying.
She gave me the book and told me to read it, or better ordered me to read it. This friend knew what this book would do
Mrs. Kenyon
Father Time was once a living man. His name was Dor and he was the first human to measure time. He lived 6,000 years ago when life and time were simpler. After a tragic illness took his wife, Dor wanted to reach the heavens and demand more time. The result of this action was the fall of the Tower of Babel and him being placed in a cave where he had to listen to any mention of time. Sarah is a girl in modern day New York. She wants time to speed up so that she can be with the boy who is showing i...more
Dianne Joy
That one word that made me lose it and just cry - page 220, last line, last word - "Grace."

Mitch Albom has a way of capturing hearts with every word he writes and how he writes them. This book is not quite like the other books Albom has earlier written, but it is no less good. It is just as great as his earlier works, and I'm currently deciding if maybe, for me, this has been one of his better works.

The Time Keeper is a light read. But it was still full of lessons like a typical Mitch Albom boo...more
In this advanced copy of Albom’s latest book, he once again takes a simple theme, something we all think about, and he creates an inspirational, extremely creative avenue to explore it. The book is about time and how it affects our lives from moment to moment. We are all, each and every one of us, preoccupied with its measurement. What would life be like without the constraints of time? The book encourages us to think about how simple life would be if we were just enjoying the moment we were in,...more
Lori Henrich
I picked up this book with great anticipation looking forward to turning each page. When I started reading I was frustrated with the style the author chose. I liked his other fiction stories and was expecting to find the same style amongst the pages. When I found a totally different style and was disappointed. But I decided to keep going and this story is so worth the effort.

The story follows Dor, Victor and Sarah. Dor lived during the early Bible times during the time of the tower of Babel bein...more
Helensvale Library
It's Mitch album surely it's good as his other books have been enjoyable. Expecting a great storyline with a depth of meaning and philosophy I found myself becoming increasingly agitated and depressed. Father time starts out as a young curious boy who invents how to read time and marries the love of his life only to have major life changes and ends up in a cave having to listen to people constantly ask for more time in is head. Then we follow a couple of other character storylines.....a young gi...more
A two-day vacation deserves a novel to be read, so I read Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper. The story is about a man who was disciplined (I might as well use the word "penalize" lol) for measuring one of God’s greatest gift: TIME. His punishment is to teach two seemingly random people the true meaning of time. The first person is a teenage girl who wants to give up on life, and the other is a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever.

The story was able to get its message across; that TIME is pr...more
Harun Harahap
Buku ini tentang WAKTU.

Terkadang manusia ingin WAKTU berjalan lambat.
Manusia tidak ingin berhenti ketika semua belum terselesaikan.
Manusia takut WAKTU menghilang. Manusia bersedih karenanya.
Manusia ingat apa yang hilang. Manusia lupa yang dimiliki.
Manusia takut kehabisan WAKTU.

Terkadang manusia ingin WAKTU berjalan cepat.
Manusia ingin menyelesaikan semua secepatnya.
Manusia takut WAKTU menghilang. Manusia bersedih karenanya.
Manusia ingat apa yang hilang. Manusia lupa yang dimiliki.
Manusia takut...more
I honestly think this is the worst book I've ever read. I liked Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, but I think it's safe to say Mitch Albom has officially run out of steam. The Time Keeper is supposed to be a story about a lovelorn teenage girl, and an old man who wants to cryogenically freeze himself, who are about to have their perspectives on life changed by, you guessed it, a transplanted prehistoric caveman (who for some reason speaks perfect English). Albom fills...more
Frishawn Rasheed
Have you ever really thought about how much time you spend wasting time?

The Time Keeper provides readers with a thought provoking answer to that very question as expressed by Father Time himself.

This book could be seen as a cautionary tale. A warning against the pitfalls of obsession with work, love, or anything else that one might focus on to the exclusion of family, friends, and time spent leading a truly fulfilling life.

Dor's obsession with counting and time led to his missing precious momen...more
The first time I read a Mitch Albom book was in my “Sociology of Death and Dying” course during my university days. The above titled course naturally suggests that we read “Tuesdays with Morrie”. Ironically enough, Albom’s latest novel, “The Time Keeper” would have easily blended into the lesson plans of my other elective, “Myths, Symbols, and Rituals” due to the fact that it is a true example of a ‘creation myth’.

If you are expecting a standard, fictional novel, then expect “The Time Keeper” t...more
Dor: There is a reason why God limits our days.
Viktor: Why?
Dor: To make each one precious.

Another wonderful and inspiring story from Mitch Albom :)
Camille Ibarra
I liked it. Not really really, but I liked it. It was a light and short read, ideal for passing the time since it doesn't really require intellectual exertion or deductive skills or anything like that. And because it's short, there was very little space for character development and world-building. The plot was interesting and constantly in motion --- sometimes in baby steps and sometimes in gigantic leaps --- which heavily contrasts against the shallow and stagnant emotional development and det...more
“Consider the word “time.” We use so many phrases with it. Pass time. Waste time. Kill time. Lose time. In good time. About time. Take your time. Save time. A long time. Right on time. Out of time. Mind the time. Be on time. Spare time. Keep time. Stall for time. There are as many expressions with “time” as there are minutes in a day. But once, there was no word for it at all. Because no one was counting... Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its...more
“There is a reason God limits our days.”
“To make each one precious.”
By Mitch Albom. Grade: B
Mitch Albom needs no introduction. He first rose to fame with his bestselling book Tuesdays With Morrie, the story of Albom’s reconnection with his college professor Morrie Schwartz, who was dying. They met every Tuesday in his study, just like they had when Albom was a student. Mitch was lost at that time, and their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live. It so...more
I don’t think my book club could have picked a more appropriate book for this time of year, when everyone is bustling around trying to get everything done before the end of the year. Most people are either wishing the time would go by more quickly and be done or end up missing the enjoyment of things in vain attempt to fit it all in.

The Time Keeper follows the story of the first man to mark time, starting mankind down the road of its obsession with quantifying life by smaller and smaller measure...more
I received this book for free from our fantastic library because I purchased tickets to see Mr. Albom speak (again set up by our awesome library) at an upcoming literary series. I have only read one other book of his and remembered that I had liked it very much.

The Time Keeper is concisely written, with a mastered flow of words that carries the reader along a journey that they do not have to work for. The reader is allowed to let the concepts and messages soak in. I don't want to give anything...more
Benedikta Sekar
Judul : The Timekeeper

Penulis : Mitch Albom

Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Terbit : Oktober, 2012

Tebal : 312 Halaman

Rate : 5/5

"Ada sebabnya Tuhan membatasi Hari-hari kita."


"Supaya Setiap hari itu berharga."
- The Timekeeper, halaman 288

Tanpa berpikir dua kali aku memberikan bintang 5 pada buku ini. Buku inspiratif yang mengajarkanku menghargai setiap waktu yang Tuhan berikan padaku setiap harinya.

Buku ini menceritakan tentang kisah seorang pria bernama Dor, yang hidup di zaman dahul...more
A compelling tale about the beginning of time and its founder, Father Time. He is punished for measuring God's greatest gift and has to live in a cave for thousands of years listening to the pleas of mankind wanting more time. He is given the chance to redeem himself by finding two troubled people on earth and teaching them the true meaning of time.

Mitch Albom is a gifted storyteller and this story bestows a powerful message.

In his acknowledgments, he states to his faithful readers, "may I conti...more
Christina White
Mitch Albom is an amazing author. I can appreciate the way he takes adult subject matters and weaves them into stories that feel so much like a fairy tale. I really liked the lesson about time and making the most of every moment that this book taught. Unfortunately, this book fell a little short when it came to character development. I felt no connection to any of the characters, only a sense of sadness at their situations. I'm not a huge fan of moral teaching fair tales these days. Once I reali...more
Yara Hossam
3/5 stars
Cover: 2.5/5 stars

This book is beautifully depicted in a way that makes you dwell into the story without hesitation.

Synopsis: 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 gran...more
Undrakh Ganzorig
I can't say that this book made me realize how precious the time is or how strong the true love ; I just enjoyed reading this much . Chapters were short and the ideas were pleasantly direct.
Readers are already familiar with works of Mitch Albom , an author who writes stories of inspiration and appreciation of life. "Time keeper" was exactly that sort of book which will make its reader feel so positive. I know it's bit annoying to hail the fortunate fate of being born as a humankind all the time...more
I enjoyed reading this book because it was an easy read, and it was good at keeping the point, but not make it too fast.

In the beginning of the book, it introduces three characters which tells me as a reader that there was gonna be a time when they all will be destined to meet. The protagonist, Dor, was a curious man who wanted to know about what is called "Time" however by discovering that God punished him and put him in the cave. Later on he became a heroin by helping two people realized what...more
J.J. Lair
I didn’t get what happened in production of this book. It seems lazy on Mitch Albom’s part which was a shame because the story had merit.
The story starts with a bunch of echoing “he” words. He took a stick. He looked to the sun. He found pebbles. I wondered if this was supposed to be told in poem form because the sentences were so awkward. It wasn’t. Then, there’s all this opinion from the author about time and rushing moments. Ok, this is how they told stories a hundred and fifty years ago. Ma...more
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“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an 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.” 976 likes
“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.” 475 likes
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