This book is the story of “Father Time,” who was born a very long time ago and given the name of Dor. He was the very first person to begin to measure time and count the hours, minutes and seconds of the day. And for that he was punished by God because He knew that was a very bad thing for humankind. Dor’s sentence was to be incarcerated in a cave for thousands of years, never growing old or needing food. Instead, he spent his days listening to the voices of people through the centuries expressing their need for more time, less time, and so on. It was agony. Then, finally, Dor’s imprisonment was ended when God sent him to modern-day Earth with a magical hourglass that enabled him to slow down time at his will. His assignment was to teach two people about the meaning of time. One was a teenage girl who wanted her time on Earth to end after being humiliated by a boy she loved. The other was an old man who sought to buy more time through cryonics (freezing his body) when his death from cancer was imminent.
The Time Keeper is a quick but pleasurable read (good news, I guess, for those of us still watching the clock) with a big message: Don’t rue the passage of time. Don’t wish for quick resolutions. Live in the here and now. As Dor explains to the old man and the young girl: “There is a reason God limits our days. … To make each one precious.” It’s a lesson that all of us need to hear.
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