August 11, 2012

The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper
author:  Mitch Albom
publisher Hyperion
to be published September 2012
source NetGalley

Long before Mitch Albom became a book author, he was a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press.  Every once in a while, my friend who lives near Detroit would email me to say, "Mitch wrote a good column today, grab a hankie for a good cry."   Then I'd go on-line to read his column.  

Albom's fingers on the keyboard turn out golden prose, whether a column or a book.  The Time Keeper is like a combination of precious metal.

The story opens with Dor who lives four thousand years ago.    Albom's explanation of Dor's thought processes in figuring out numbers and time is pure silver.   God watched Dor while the world changed.  One day, in order to stop time, Dor climbs the Tower of Babel and is punished.

The golden part of the novel is about a high-school girl named Sarah Lemon.  She is lonely and unloved.  She develops a crush on a classmate Ethan.   Sarah is eager for time to pass quickly for their first date.   Soon, though, her heart is broken, as happens to unpopular lonely high school girls.

Our platinum character is Victor, the fourteenth richest man.  Money, however, cannot cure him when he has terminal kidney cancer.    However,  he has come up with an alternative use for his money.

Dor, Sarah, Victor --- three very different, intertwined characters with different problems and needs and perspectives on Time.   Will they meet?  How, where, when?  How will they influence each other?   The answers to these questions are precious gems.

This novel doesn't mention Eccelesiates 3, but it does tell us there is a time for everything: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to ..........  I tell you, it is time to read this book!




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