“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably canâ€™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.”Â â€”
In bits and pieces, Mitch Albom describes the life of Dor – Father Time, Sarah Lemon â€“ a teenager who would qualify for the term geeky, and of Victor whose life is a typical rags to riches story.
As the title suggests, the whole book revolves around the concept of time. From how Dor became Father Time to how Sarah and Victor have different approaches to their life and time.
Dor is punished by the Gods for having committed the crime of measuring time, and interfering in Godâ€™s work. His punishment is to realize his mistake while being kept captive in a cage all alone and to hear out the pleas and requests of people for more time, because Dor was the one responsible for the measurement of time. Dor craves for death, the very thing most humans run away from. He can die only when he realizes his mistake, and learns from it, and passes on the lesson to two people on earth.
The Time Keeper is a modern day fable, told in a very different style than what is commonly seen. Every chapter is a breeze to read through, but has hidden thought provoking gems inside.
This wonderfully written book reminds us about the value of time, how we spend our days measuring time and not living in the moment.
I would highly recommend this book.
Â “It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.”