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43 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

An excellent allegory. There are many people who write we

An excellent allegory.
There are many people who write well, there are gifted storytellers; when the two are found in the same person the resulting prose is poetic in its ability to speak to the reader on the deepest levels of one’s soul while using the simplest ...
An excellent allegory.
There are many people who write well, there are gifted storytellers; when the two are found in the same person the resulting prose is poetic in its ability to speak to the reader on the deepest levels of one’s soul while using the simplest of language. Mitch Albom proves himself to possess these dual abilities in this small, but powerful, parable of time, life, living, love and the power to celebrate eternity in the space between breaths.
The idea of time is a relatively recent concept. When humanity began keeping track of the passing of days, probably in order to have some measure of control of one’s environment, we also began a desire to “hoard” time and began considering the passing of time to be of more importance than the timeless moment. Mr. Albom does a superb job of bringing this hugely pondered idea (volumes have been written on various aspects of time) into a thought-provoking, easily comprehended, enjoyable allegory and takes only 220 (small) pages to accomplish the task.
Before there was time, people enjoyed life as it came. Planting, hunting, talking, arguing, laughing, watching were occurrences unnoticed as there was no cause to measure their existence. Someone (in this book, a man named Dor), did notice a “moment” and became aware that there would another “moment” the next day. He began to measure moments/hours/days/weeks/seasons to the point of distraction from all other endeavors. Dor’s knowledge caused him to want more of what was never needed to be known (time) first begging God for more time with his beloved Alli, then cursing God when that wish was not granted. As a result of his actions he was sealed in a cave for the next 6000 years, listening to the ever increasing voices of the world who were asking for time to be changed (more, slowed, rewound) until he learns the “lesson” of time. His task will be accomplished when he has taught two people, one wanting more time, one desiring less, the lessons he learned.
These few pages are packed with wisdom of The Moment. Mr. Albom acknowledges God’s influence in his life, but this work is not preachy, religious nor does it seek to convert those to read it to anything beyond becoming aware of the riches to be found in the absence of marking time. To become aware, to quote Kipling, “of the everlasting moment” holds all one desires, hopes for and can “possess” is the aim of this read.
I make my living “measuring time” (appointments are scheduled, limited in length, regular in their being proffered) and own more instruments to keep track of its passing than I care to count. I have never been able to save/spend/take out/waste/keep time except by measuring the anxiety I experience as I attempt any of those. My “addiction” to time is deep and, I fear, terminal. What I am learning, and this book is a welcome lesson in this particular tutorial, is that there are places where time becomes irrelevant – holding my wife’s hand, playing with children, eating good food, laughing with friends, feeling the sun/rain – and those are the places where I truly am living.

posted by YoyoMitch53 on September 18, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Extremely disappointed with this book. Thought provoking but ove

Extremely disappointed with this book. Thought provoking but overall dull and repetitive. I am a big fan of Mr. Albom but this was not worth the time i spent reading it. I am sorry to be so critical but i feel as though other fans should be warned to stay away.

posted by 6336982 on September 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Extremely disappointed with this book. Thought provoking but ove

    Extremely disappointed with this book. Thought provoking but overall dull and repetitive. I am a big fan of Mr. Albom but this was not worth the time i spent reading it. I am sorry to be so critical but i feel as though other fans should be warned to stay away.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Very disappointing. You should be able to read this book in an a

    Very disappointing. You should be able to read this book in an afternoon but not enough there to keep me interested. I was determined to finish; surely the ending would make me feel glad I read it. Nope. Wish I could have that time back. Will say not all lost...I had been having trouble sleeping and reading this book solved that problem. All sarcasm aside, as I read this, I wonder why Mitch wrote this. Was he under pressure to produce another book?  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Poop

    I thought that it was an interesting read

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    this audiobook was pure torture to get through. the voices--part

    this audiobook was pure torture to get through. the voices--particularly that of the british narrator--were affected and distracting. by the end of the fourth disc i was praying for the final words. each character had a distinctive voice, and each voice surpassed the other in its level of grating or irritating qualtiy. perhaps if i had read this book rather than listened to this recorded version, my opinion of mitch albom and his writing would be as high as it was prior to this experience. instead, i am unlikely to pick up--or put in--his next publication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Nataaaaaaa

    So nataaaaaaaa

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    If you enjoy this author you will enjoy this book

    This book is an easy read, and provides alot to think about.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Not his best work

    I found this book not to be up to par for Mitch Albom. I loved Tuesdays w/Morrie and 5 people you meet in heaven. His others not so much. It was a waste of time and money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Sorry Mitch...

    As clever as the book is, I found it really boring. Sorry, I wanted to like it more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    ????

    Have not read this yet

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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