What I thought:
Dor (or Old Father Time as he comes to be known) is banished to a cave to live alone for the next 6,500 years as a punishment for being the first person to start measuring time and to learn how his actions have affected human life ever since. He is finally allowed to atone by being sent back to earth to save two people of his choosing.
Billionaire Victor is coming to the end of his natural life and wants to live on so he seeks a way to do this.
Sarah is a teenager who is ready to give up on herself and life.
The sentiment of this book is about appreciating the moment you’re in and not wasting life by wishing it away or looking back. God sends Dor back to earth to witness how man spends his time counting moments:
“You marked the minutes,” the old man said. “But did you use them wisely? To be still? To cherish? To be grateful? To lift and be lifted?”
As with the previous Mitch Albom books I have read, it is a moral tale of cherishing the time we have more and living in the moment. It’s also about how the relentless pace of our lives today allow us no time to stand still:
“The tools of this era – phones, computers – enabled people to move at a blurring place. Yet despite all they accomplished, they were never at peace. They constantly checked their devices to check what time it was…”
“He explained how once we began to chime the hour, we lost the ability to be satisfied.
There was always a request for more minutes, more hours, faster progress to accomplish more in a day. The simple joy of living between sunrises was gone”.
This book is simply written and that added to the overall experience I think. It’s a quick book to read (and no the irony of saying this isn’t wasted on me) but while the characters weren’t fully fleshed out, there was enough that I could imagine their worlds.
The theme was certainly thought-provoking as it reminds you to try to savour more rather than always wishing for more time or wishing time away or not being present in the moment etc. I did like the ending too despite feeling that I was reading an It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol mash-up at one point. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.
Have you read anything by Mitch Albom?