the time keeper

Banished to this cave, he must listen to the world’s every plea—for more minutes, more hours, more years, more time.
He has been here an eternity.
He has given up hope. But a clock ticks for all of us, silently, somewhere.
Soon Father Time will be free. To return to Earth.
And finish what he started.
The Time Keeper is a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time.

In The Time Keeper, 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.

“Cleverly constructed fable”
“Heartrending morality play reminiscent of both A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life


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