Dor is the first human to grasp the concept of time, and when he begins to create ways to count minutes and hours God takes notice. He is sentenced to become Father Time and live in a cave without aging for eternity, listening to the pleas for more time from every living soul. However, 6000 years later Dor is given a mission; he must find two people, one who wants more time and one who wants to give it away, and teach them what he has learned. To aid him in this task, he is given an hourglass with the power to stop time. Dor emerges from his cave into the present day, and goes to New York in search of those he is destined to help. He finds Victor and Sarah, two people who are both on the precipice of making massive decisions concerning the length of their lives. Dor tries to save the two from themselves, and ultimately strives to save himself as well. The Time Keeper is a quick read that will leave you thinking about how you spend your time, and what you could do to savor it a bit more.
The message of this book is simple: time is precious because it is limited, and we don’t know how much time we will have. Our world is dominated by hours, days, and minutes. Our schedules own us. Throughout this book Albom tries to convey a sense of appreciation for the passage of days that we tend to take for granted. The Time Keeper is very short compared to other novels that have come out in 2012, but that doesn’t make the theme any less powerful. It is clear that Albom has created another literary masterpiece that will likely stay on the Best Seller’s list for a long time to come.