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Books to read: Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
- 1st December 2016
- Posted by: The Tyques
- Category: Languages
There are some books, where, after reading them, you hug them tightly and wished they never finish. I embraced Time Keeper by Mitch Albom for hours before I finally let it go. Its wonderful story, format and the memorable quotes were difficult to let go.
The story of this book involves three people—one who has everything, another who has nothing and yet another who has nobody. It revolves around Father Time, a man named Dor, who was the first man to measure time in the universe. If one speaks without letting out the suspense of the story, this was something he should not have done.
The story focuses on two very ordinary people, Sarah Lemon and Victor Delamonte. Sarah is a self conscious teenager who feels life is not worth living anymore. She does not want Time.
Delamonte on the other hand is the fourteenth richest man in the world. Diagnosed with a tumor, all he wishes right now is to have Time.
And they meet, in a seemingly unexpected way. It looks like they have complaints in life, like most of us do… until the reader realizes that they are not what we thought them to be.
The Time Keeper truly makes you realize the importance of time, especially when you spend it with your loved ones. Albom has balanced himself enough to not tip over the line of patronisation, but at the same time teaches life lessons so subtly that you feel bound to abide by them.
As teenagers, we are obviously confused about what to do or not do in life. Maybe, this book will be a help for people my age.
This book is likable for other reasons too. It is not formatted in a normal way like most heavy novels are. It has specific sentences in bold which require you to read in between the lines every time. It is then followed by a paragraph which emphasizes on the essence of each chapter.
The Time Keeper is quite philosophical and entertaining with some very memorable quotes which leave their own beautiful impressions on your mind. There are some which make you think at night when you lie in your bed. One of my favourite ones is:
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.
For the dreamers, it is a novel you will cherish. However, this book isn’t for those who have a very practical and rational outlook towards life.
The author Mitch Albom is a renowned American writer, journalist and playwright. If you wish to read more of his works, then I would suggest: Five People you meet in Heaven, a poignant account of what truly happens when you die and For One More Day, a book about the unconditional love our mothers shower on us. His book, Tuesdays with Morrie is based on a true story from his life, which makes it all the more real and heart-wrenching when you read it.
This review is Kartiki Bhatnagar’s maiden post on The Tyques. Kartiki, 16, is a voracious reader, amateur actor, debater and blogger. She is an arts student studying in Delhi Public School, Rohini, New Delhi. Read her blog here to know more about her interests and views.