Mitch Albom is the renowned writer of 'Tuesdays with Morrie', a memoir of the time he spent with his dying professor and their conversations about life and death, as well as 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven', a work of fiction about how a man who lives a rather sorry existence fixing amusement park rides dies and goes to heaven. There, his life is explained to him by five people who were affected by it in some way. With these two initial works, Albom made his name as a writer of moving tales that everyone can learn from. In The Time Keeper audiobook, he has written yet another story that instructs in an entertaining manner.
The Time Keeper or Dor is a man who is born 6000 years ago and who comes up with a way to measure time despite being warned not to by a mysterious apparition. When the king of the land where Dor resides asks him for help in building a tower to heaven to defeat the gods, Dor refuses and is exiled. He and his wife Alli are forced to leave their children behind and go live somewhere else. Alli becomes ill and, in an effort to cure her, Dor returns to the kingdom and climbs the tower that the king is building. However, the same apparition that had come to him before, reappears and says that he is going to be imprisoned for a long time as a punishment for unleashing time upon innocent humans.
Dor is forced to live in a cave for 6000 years but at the end of that time, he is given the option to choose two human beings who are having problems with time and who need to be taught to view time in a better way. So he chooses an old man who is dying from a terminal disease, a man who wants to extend time, and a teenage girl who is really unpopular and who wants to rush through time to get through the bad parts. Dor must also learn that it's not a good idea to try to stop time or control it; one must let things take their course.
In this novel, Albom has created three very detailed characters that the reader can immediately sympathize with. Besides the dying man and the suicidal teenage girl, there is also Dor's loneliness to contend with. All these people are suffering as a result of our human impulse to take time and bend it to our will.
Mitch Albom was born and raised in New Jersey and grew up with an interest in music as well as writing. In the early part of his career, he focused on music, performing in Europe and the US but he later went back to school, did a Master's in Journalism and an MBA, both from Columbia, and started writing. At first, he was mostly a sports writer but soon, he turned to the type of inspirational writing that he is now known for. He has published a memoir and four novels which have all been bestsellers and have been made into popular TV movies. He's also a well-known philanthropist, having started four charities in the Detroit, Michigan area.
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