Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Time Keeper (January 4)

time keeper largeThe first book I have chosen for my Friday meme combo in 2013 is The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. It was the first book I completed this year and was also apt because the climax of the book takes place at New Year. I really enjoyed this book and it was a fairly easy book to get into. The slipcover has the following description:

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 newest 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.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Time Keeper:

A man sits alone in a cave.

His hair is long. His beard reaches his knees. He holds his chin in the cup of his hands.

He closes his eyes.

He is listening to something. Voices. Endless voices. They rise from a pool in the corner of the cave.

This sounds like a fairly bleak beginning and it doesn’t look like this man has much of an existence.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Time Keeper:

The first voice said, “Longer.”

“Who’s there?” Dor screamed.

He had been trying to escape the cave since the old man left. He searched for passageways. He banged on the karst walls. He tried to lower himself into the pool of tears, but it repelled him with air, as if a million breaths were pushing up from below.

I’ve finished this book, so I know what happened between the beginning and page 56. Looking at them here it would seem that everything is happening in this cave, but fortunately there’s a lot more to it than that. As I said before, I really enjoyed this book, but I also realize that Albom is an author that you really enjoy reading or don’t. I really enjoy his books and so far he hasn’t disappointed me.

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6 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Time Keeper (January 4)

  1. I’ve never read any of his books, but did see the movie “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”, which I wasn’t crazy about. But I would like to read one of his books some day.

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