Here is another treasure I found at the Library that I think would make a wonderful gift for Valentine’s. The Time Keeper is about the first man to acknowledge time and create the very first clock. For trying to measure God’s gift, he is banished to a cave for centuries to listen to what had become of his creation, humanity pleading for more minutes, more hours, more days and more time while he never ages. Until the sky touches the earth, he cannot leave.
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
The story is actually told from the minds of three different people: The Time Keeper and the two people from our period that he must save, a wealthy man business man who wants to live forever and a teenage girl who wants to give up on life. Armed only with an hourglass, he must find a way to save them both before it is too late.
“As mankind grew obsessed with its hours, the sorrow of lost time became a permanent hole in the human heart. People fretted over missed chances, over inefficient days; they worried constantly about how long they would live, because counting life’s moments had led, inevitably, to counting them down. Soon, in every nation and in every language, time became the most precious commodity.”
The Time Keeper doesn’t seem like a long novel, but what lies within it draws out inside of you as if the story doesn’t actually end at all but finds its continuance in your heart. I enjoyed how it portrayed the young teenager and the old man; for me it was as if I were relating to my past and my future simultaneously. While we are young we try so hard to speed up time, some of us falling into days of depression to where we wish it would just end all together. Then when age hits us we try so hard to slow it down and struggle to add more time to our lives. In the story the Time Keeper is the stranger in the middle, the one imprisoned by immortality and clinging to life in hopes of finding his love again.
I dearly love The Time Keeper. It has become one of my most favorite stories. It captured my heart within the first few pages and still after all this time, has not let go.