Of burning midnight oil and The Time Keeper

I must admit that I can’t gloat enough, now that I have successfully weaned myself from the alluring internet, having reduced my screen time considerably.  I got some mammoth spring cleaning done and got back to my reading with no blocks whatsoever. Happy to report that, after what felt like ages, I finally pulled an all nighter, with Mitch Albom’s – The Time Keeper.


Mitch Albom -I am an ardent fan of his work and his books have always kept the reader in me begging for more.  I love his books for his mystical fables.  His narration always transforms me into this lost soul hovering between life and death.  And like a boomerang, one minute I am inching closer to death and the fabled land, and the next moment, I am pondering over the most poignant and profound facts of life.  Tuesdays with Morrie, Have a little faith and For one more day, had this serendipitous effect, casting a magical spell over your’s truly.

The  Time Keeper –  It is a fictional tale and attempts to re-create the world, when the concept of Time was not invented. A world without the complications of counting seconds, minutes and hours.  And in that era,  lived a man (Dor) with his wife (Allie) who he loved dearly .  He is on a perpetual  quest for finding a method to measure the days and nights.  His childhood friend is an emperor who is obsessed with chasing  power and conquest . The mystical tower of Babel, high enough to reach the Gods is built against this backdrop .   Dor invents the first sundial and the concept of time eventually becoming The Father of time.  Being ahead of his times costs him a chance to a normal life. He is banished  to serve a sentence in a world where time is frozen. His tools of redemption is a magical hour glass, which helps him alter time and he sets out on a  mission to redeem two modern day souls. to dispel the curse.

The chosen ones are two kindred souls who want to manipulate their destiny by  altering their time.  A  suicidal young adult, who decides to give up on time and life ,after a series of rejections , and a life of disapproval. And the other, a successful businessman in his eighties, who does not want to give up on life and finds devious ways to defeat death and extend his time on earth.  Albom weaves cryopreservation, a science of preserving human bodies after death into the tale .  Until Dor takes these two souls into the present and the future . Urging them to question their notions of time and its relevance to life. The three stories are intertwined and make for a great one time read. Unlike Albom’s earlier books, which are impeccable reads , the ones that you can pick  bite sized pieces and dwell  on the content on any given day.

Leaving you with a paragraph of the book which  I believe, captures the essence of the book.

“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.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.”


About Thumbelina81
A dreamer lost in this world. Part time Writer, Part time Gardener, A full time wife.

9 Responses to Of burning midnight oil and The Time Keeper

  1. KP says:

    A novel theme.The review gives an impression of an absorbing novel.But birds and animals do not need time for they do nothing more than eat and procreate..They need not be time bound unlike human species who have an orderly life.Will a timeless word be like a jungle?But I must read the book to get answers to my doubts.

    • Thumbelina81 says:

      The book is amazing and I hope you find your answers. I believe the premise of the book ,is human beings mind time by the minute, second and the hour. However birds and animals set the clock against the sun, to help them eat, procreate and adapt to the changing seasons. not revolving around the micro second.Thank you for your thought provoking comment though. I hope you enjoy the book.

  2. tumpishome says:

    Seems like this should be my next pivk

  3. P. C. Zick says:

    Glad you found the time to read and review. Always appreciate honest reviews to point the way for my next great read. Thanks.

  4. Malini says:

    ‘Deer do not fret over passing birthdays’ Oh how true! Adding this book to my wishlist!

  5. Emily says:

    I just bought this book today (it’s majorly on sale, I’ll put the link to the sale below), and I CANNOT WAIT to read it. I love Albom’s books, and this is the only one that I haven’t read. Fear of ‘time running out’ is so central to humanity. Mitch Albom is the author whose words on that fear I want to read 🙂

    Here’s the link to the book on sale (for Kindle) if you don’t have a copy – http://bargainbooksy.com/blog/2013/4/10/save-20-on-mitch-alboms-newest-book-april-10

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