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Just finished 'The Time Keeper' by Mitch Albom and I found it a very nice and absorbing little story. The book can be read in one sitting if desired, which suits me as Im not interested in long books lately. The story is about Old Father Time and how he came to be and his purpose in helping 2 lost souls from our time, a young girl named Sarah and an old man named Victor. Their 2 stories are told separately at first but start to link near the end. Its a sweet and moral story about appreciating the importance of the present moment and not to be wishing time away.
However, and despite what he says in the epilogue, Albom is very much pro-religion and anti-science, thats the very strong impression i get in the book. Poor Dor was punished for being creative and making the first clock, he was sent to a cave for years and years to reflect on his "sin". I didnt like this message in the book. Surely a creative soul should be nurtured and as well, Dor had no way of knowing how his invention would hamper the future, seems quite harsh way to treat a scientific creation. Also, Grace bashing the cryogenic tube at the end really hammered home the point of science being the root of all evil. Despite this uneasy message, its a great book with a relevant message. I might even check out his other books. 8 out of 10.
For me the book was saved from a mediocre rating by the wonderful ending which ties Dor's, Sarah's, and Victor's individual stories into one and leaves the reader thinking that things have worked out positively for all the characters.
I agree with SKM that the novel has a strong religious atmosphere which is also present in "The five people...". Also agree with SKM's comment that Albom seems to have a very "religion over science" outlook. This is shown strongly in Victor's story.
I think that Albom is leaving us with a very clear message. We should slow down, enjoy and savour every second that we have in our lives. Don't focus too much on the future, live in the present and cherish each moment we have with our loved ones. "Time" is short, but would we really want it any other way.
While I was impressed by the "Tuesdays"(they made a movie based on it), "Have a little faith" couldn't catch my attention. Maybe it was too religious for my taste.
Has anyone else read these two books?
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