First of all, I just want to mention that this is the first Mitch Albom book that I’ve read which had focus on a female character (I don’t know if this is relevant to you, but whatever). Though it’s kinda disappointing that this is Albom’s first female character and she was victimized. Anyway, here are my thoughts.
If you could turn back time, what would you change? I thought of this many times especially when I was young. When I think of it today, I don’t want to change anything. I love my life so much I want to marry it.
In the Timekeeper, two people were given the chance to change their fate – Victor, a dying man and Sarah, a depressed teenager. The former is asking for another life time while the latter wants to make time stop. Thus, everyone who comes across this book will want to read it because they will fall in either one of the personas. Well played, Albom, well played. The character Dor was the person who had the first interest in measuring time. He becomes Father Time. He can slow down and stop time. As well as view what could or what would happen in the future because of the characters’ decisions at present. Now, at first, this would be an awesome super power. Until you realize that Father time can’t turn back time. I mean, we always know what we have done and what we could change, but what’s the point if we can’t turn back time, right? If you think of it, this is more of a punishment than a blessing.
The plot is simple. Or should I say plots. There were a lot of discordant point-of-view changes that made me read the book in one sitting. Some would probably get distracted with this. All through-out the book, first sentences of some paragraphs were bolded. Not all sentences were meaningful for them to be bolded. I’m not sure if this is a library technique but I found it irritating enough to mention it.
In conclusion, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars – one star because of Mitch Albom, another star because of creativity and another star for panning in out in such a way where the general public will be able to relate with the book. If you are not into reading that much, start with this book. It’s light and entertaining.
What I learned:
We eat deadlines for breakfast, we do things in a chosen pace because of a reason, we think twice before doing something for the same reason as well and this reason is Time. Time that we could not turn back no matter how we want to. We should always treasure our time and make sure everything we do is meaningful.