Because Ideas Matter...
The faculty and staff of Butler University's College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences presents
The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom, Hyperion, 2012
Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale
This is the story of the invention of Time
and its consequences.
The reader follows three main characters
and three stories, set in different times and places. First we
encounter young Dor, obsessed with measuring time, the first human
being to even attempt to calculate time. For this, he is punished
by an "old man" and sent to a cave for millennia after the death of
his beloved wife Alli. In the cave, Dor is plagued by the incessant
plea of all the humans who desire more time, and whose voices he is
unable to shut down. He is finally released from his cave as the
"old man" sends him back to Earth with an hour glass, hence turning
Dor into Father Time on a mission.
His mission is to "save" two of those
humans and give them the chance to redeem themselves and fully
comprehend the meaning of time. First Sarah, a high school student
who tries to commit suicide when the boy she likes humiliates her.
Then Victor, a very successful businessman who cannot accept that
he is disease-ridden and nearing death, and wishes to be frozen by
Both will meet Dor in a place where time is
stopped, and the three of them will have to learn from each other
that the point of the matter is not to have more time, but to enjoy
the time at hand.
This is a very cute fable about time with a
morale attached. A fast-paced novel, The Time Keeper is a more
profound tale than it appears at first glance. A fun and easy
- Eloise Sureau-Hale is associate professor of French at Butler