The Time Keeper

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My first book by Mitch Albom. I have a huge soft spot for soulful writing — anything deep about life. When I read that part of a book, I fell in love. I’m not really sure how one can fall in love with words but I did. It was so beautifully written.

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Maybe it was because of that first chapter. I was really looking forward to the development and anticipating the climax of the story. Somehow, I felt disconnected from the characters. We only vaguely know about the characters and it was as though it was a brief glance into their lives. I was trying really hard to find similarities between Victor and Sarah but they just don’t click.

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Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book entirely. I love the bits and pieces of the story — touching and inspiring — asking us to look at the bigger picture and treasure what we have now.

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In the end, it all boils down to the lesson learnt: it isn’t about the amount of time you have to live; it’s about how you spend it. It’s all about family and the people you love, and respecting them and feeling grateful while enjoying their presence every day. Even though this book is considered an “adult fairytale”, the lesson is clear.

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Hours, minutes, seconds. We’re all constantly checking the time to make sure we don’t run late. The Time Keeper is a story of moving on with the precious time we have.

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