Book review: 'The Time Keeper' by Mitch Albom

With “The Time Keeper,” Mitch Albom has penned a sure-to-be best-seller, the latest in a line of short tales examining inscrutable mysteries.
BY MARY MCREYNOLDS Published: September 16, 2012
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It's about time. Mitch Albom has penned a sure-to-be best-seller, the latest in a line of short tales examining inscrutable mysteries.

Where and how did time begin? Albom's “The Time Keeper” (Hyperion, $24.99) offers clues but few cigars with three stories intersecting amid lots of warm fuzzies and Aha! moments.

Dor, the first man to separate the minutes and hours, storms an ancient tower built by childhood pal Nim to beg “the gods” for more time for his dying wife.

The attempt lands him in a sort of cosmic detention hall while he learns his lesson and waits for heaven and earth to meet in a distant future age.

Fast forward several times as Dor sketches life memories while consigned to hearing millions of voices begging for more time — extended time. Will he ever escape this auditory purgatory?

Meantime, in the reader's time frame, hints of Mayan calendars tick away.

As the end of the world edges closer, a cancer-ridden man tries to cheat death, and a teenage girl tries to attract a boy who doesn't care.

These three disparate threads come together in a determined narrative that tries its best to make sense of dimensions beyond.

Time after time, time travelers and their wives have made the same trip with different words and vehicles, spending the days of our lives trying to iron out the wrinkles in time.

Someday, when stalactites and stalagmites conjoin, everything that can be written about time will have been written. Time will be no more.

Haste the day and enjoy this new little fable for what it's worth — a few moments of your reading time.

— Mary McReynolds


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