The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (♦♦♦½)

Dor was the first man on Earth to invent time. Seemingly as punishment, he was sentenced by God to spend an eternity in a cave listening to the cries of people along the ages asking for the thing he had most of: time.

In present day Manhattan there’s an old millionaire named Victor Delamonte who is dying of cancer and wants more time to live. In the outskirts of NY City lives a teenager named Sarah Lemon who has given up on life. Both Victor and Sarah are meant to encounter Father Time to be taught a lesson about living and in exchange they’ll have to help the old guy finish his own life story.

I liked The Time Keeper, though I confess I liked more The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which I reviewed yesterday. While The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about making peace with your past and the interconnection of lives through the fabric of time, The Time Keeper is about making the most of your life since every moment is unique.

In The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom covers themes such as fate, growing up—with its inevitable heartbreaks and challenges--and growing old and infirm—and the proximity of death. The Time Keeper talks about issues as sensitive as suicide and the search for immortality and gives them a spin with the aid of faith.

While The Time Keeper is a good book, I didn’t find it as profound or inspiring as The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom’s previous success with the topics of faith and destiny has likely made him adhere to the old formula; I think he should retire this pattern and re-invent himself with a novel completely different from what he’s done so far. I think it’s about time.

Favorite quotes:

  “’Remember this always: There is a reason God limits man’s days.’” Page 80

   “…Victor wanted an eternity. It had taken Dor all these centuries to comprehend the last thing the old man had told him, the thing he shared with Victor now.
   ‘There is a reason God limits our days.’
   ‘To make each one precious.’” Page 206


  1. Carmen, I must read this book soon. I enjoyed his other ones.

    1. This one is a fast read, but I liked The Five People You Meet in Heaven better.


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