By Mitch Albom
Hyperion, $ 24.99, 224 pages
Father Time, also known as Dor in Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper, is banished to a cave as he continuously rejects the gift of time, and always seeks an answers to gain more. Dor’s lack of understanding of the importance of the time he is given lands him to live as an immortal listening to the pleas of millions of people throughout time, wishing that time were distributed differently. Through his eternal living, he comes to hear the voices of two people in particular: an elderly man wishing for more time, and a young woman wishing for time to end. To free himself from bondage, Dor must help these two people before they make the same mistake he does: to underestimate the power of time.
Mitch Albom has a gift for writing about heartbreaking situations in which people can find hope in. He inspires readers to understand the gift of life. Albom’s story moves along quickly between the two characters Sarah and Victor, and Dor’s involvement in their lives, but he is still able to convey his message in a meaningful way in which nearly anyone can relate to. Readers are sure to whip through the story in no time.
Reviewed by Lindy Gervin