The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Published: September 4, 2012
The Time Keeper was such a precious book. I saw it at my local library and the cover piqued my interest. I scanned the back and grabbed it. I’ve never read this author before, but the cover and the subject matter was just too strong a pull for me to ignore.
The Time Keeper is about Dor, a boy who is born 6,000 years ago and is fascinated by counting things. Water drops, steps, hops, you name it he will count it. Through perseverance, he starts to create something that has never been created before. Imagine the days when the days stretched out before you and there was no need to rush anywhere. Slowly Dor creates time, and seals his fate. He is banished by the Gods to a cave where he hears the pleas from others asking for more time.
The only way to end his torture and banishment is to help two other souls in the future, way in the distant future.
I loved this book. I found it a jewel that’s going straight to my collection. The story of Dor and what he goes through touched my heart. The thing that is the most important, more important than the time that he creates is the love of his life Alli. It only takes him thousands of years to finally realize it.
The themes in this book showcase that despite our technological advancements, we have forgotten the precious commodity that we already have but neglect: the simple things in life. I always say it and I know others do as well: I wish I had more time. This book reminds me that I can have it if I just reflect on the small, simply things that are already in my life that make time irrelevant. My family, my friends, that special someone. These need to be cherished because they are the precious things in life that stick around no matter what happens.