The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper

by Mitch Albom


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From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper—a compelling fable about the first man on Earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom's exceptional work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years.

Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world—now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began—and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it, and how precious it truly is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594857938
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written many books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. For One More Day, his 2nd novel, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.


Franklin, Michigan

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1958

Place of Birth:

Passaic, New Jersey


B.A., Brandeis University, 1979; M.J., Columbia University, 1981; M.B.A., Columbia University, 1982

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YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised by the content. I was moved, uplifted, and left with utter satisfaction upon finishing this book. My recommendation: read it. You won't regret it.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Deceptively simple, a luminous story with a lot to think about ... a gentle reminder to make the most of available time and not just marking it, waiting for something else, passing it unknowingly ... an easy read, can be digested in an afternoon and revisited in a pinch, like his other works.
bookworm6381 More than 1 year ago
As all his literature, a story that is enjoyable and will be remembered for a long time after...Great job, Mr. Albom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People kept saying on these reviews ' what is going on with these reviews, don't know if I should buy.' Well I now know; and I'm tempted to write the same but instead I'll try to explain. First I'll say that it's a good story, following the lives of three people who learn valuable lessons. This book makes you think and I believe will touch everyone in thier own way. It's about humanity and connecting whats in the book with your own life. At the end your a quiet awe. Its only about 200 pages but wow. Buy the book and you'll understand.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
Time Keeper is very thought provoking. This is the first book I have read by this author and I would read another. Albom's novel encourages one to think about how we view time and what we do with the time that we have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His books are fabulous, short andsweet, finished it in a day but makes you think about it long after :) thank you mitch!
mrsvaljones More than 1 year ago
The story begins with Dor, the first man in the world to think about and measure time. But as punishment for measuring God’s greatest gift, he becomes Father Time. Forced to live in a cave where time is meaningless and eternally listen to the pleas of mankind asking for more minutes, days, years. After thousands of years, Father Time is given a chance to redeem himself by seeking out two people on Earth and teaching them the true meaning of time. Thrown into the current world, Father Time learns that his innocent measures of time have evolved into desperate time tracking. Seeking two people whose pleas Father Time heard, he finds Victor, a wealthy business man whom wants to live forever, and Sarah, a girl who wants time to end. Dor must teach them the true meaning of time to save them, but in the process save himself. Albom provides another beautiful novel that explores the concept of time that we all take for granted. Through his thought provoking prose and diverse characters, Albom, teaches us something more important than counting the minutes, hours, and days- he explores the true meaning of time, why God limits it, and what really matters in life.
Theresa54TR More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and easy read book to add to your collection. The characters that Mitch has created and the subject matter "Time" show great creativity. All of his books are good to read and never a disappointment. Buy it now and get totally involved in the characters before the movie on it comes out.
Chris_DiPonzio13 More than 1 year ago
For the life of me, I could not put "The Time Keeper" down. Such an original idea that is beautifully crafted and put together, empowering and moving, it's definitely something that shouldn't be unread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you stop and think about life and taking one day at a time- Great Job Miitch, Keep up the good work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Time Keeper. Loved it. A good reminder how precious our lives are and enjoy every minute of it. Love all of Mitch Albom's books. I get his new book and usually have it read in a day or two and have to wait anxiously for the next one to come out. His books are worth the wait.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an amazingly quick read for me. Easy to get engrossed in the story and having 3 main characters kept you turning the page in order to find out what happened next. Well done! Found it in the store and took a quick look.... but found myself desiring to read it for the next week. So looked it up on the nook and am so glad I did.
Mattslove628 More than 1 year ago
I just finished the time keeper. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors! The time keeper is thought provoking, interesting and Mitch really brings his characters to life. I tend to just fall into his books and climb out of them seeing the world thru his eyes. The time keeper is a must read especially if you're new to Mitch Albom! You'll fall in love and go buy all his books.....happy reading! Marylou
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it's not very often I come across a book that after reading the last line, I just sit back and say "whoa". This is a relatively short read, but is definitely a journey I will never forget. This is a subject obviously close to the heart of the author, and he does a phenomenal job turning those feelings into a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes for a good lazy day read. I expected more. I just felt the story had gaps. Nevertheless, I still appreciated the work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a quick read. And i loved how the chapters were short and jump from one character to the other. Worth the time and money. I even teared up towards the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore Mitch Albom's "Five People you meet in Heaven", "One More Day", Tuesdays with Morrie", "Have a Little Faith". Devoured each of them in no time, re-read them. Recommended them to countless people, bought copies for many. But The Time Keeper was a disappointment. Not a bad book, but just not on the level of Albom's other highly superior reads. There is a depth to his other books that just seems to be missing here, in my humble opinion. So if The Time Keeper is the first of Albom's books you read, don't judge him by it, read one of the others to experience his real genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a big book reader, but the story told in this book is awesome! Started reading the free sample then didn't even hesitate to buy the whole book when I was done with the sample. Thank you to the author for writing this fable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I am a big fan of Mitch Albom's, and when I hear of a new book he has written, I am at the bookstore to purchase. I cannot believe I missed this one, but I am glad to have read it none the less. I love how Mitch writes. He is religiously thought provoking, but not preachy. He has a way being able to touch a reader from any landscape in terms of religious and/or spiritual beliefs. I appreciate that! This book serves as a pleasant reminder how we as humans take time for granted, and how we need to be grateful and graceful in every moment God has offers us. Happy reading!
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Since the dawn of time man has been measuring what we do and don’t do. We are introduced to Dor and his family. Dor creates the first clock and pays dearly for being engrossed with measuring time instead of just living.  God banishes Dor to a cave with no way out.  There is where he hears the cries of those who ask for more or less time. Eventually he is released, gets reacquainted with humanity and finds a way to help some.  I find that all of Mitch Albom’s books are clever, moving and thought provoking.  I seem to always find at least one sentence that turns my way of thinking in a way I could not imagine.  He never uses to big of words or metaphors that you have to stop and take time to understand.  Albom’s writing just flows into something so natural you feel you have heard before.  I do not know about anyone else but the fact that God punished Dor for creating a the first clock is a little scary.  I mean if you think about it Dor was only doing what he was good at, what came natural to him.  Would you not say that was why God created him with that skill? If that is so then why punish for a way of thinking that was given as a gift from God?  Even though there is things I do not understand about God’s reasoning. I still enjoyed the book and still love learning about myself and others by reading what Mitch Albom writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally got this book during 1st release at my library. It touched me as I read. I had to add this book to my "always keep" collection. A wonderful story in true Albom tradition. It will be on my shelf forever.
KatrinaO More than 1 year ago
Finally, I breathed a sigh of relief when I came across this. A decent, short and very simple book on learning the valuable lesson of how to not take things for granted and how to live and make the most out of what you have, including time.