When I finally got around to reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven - it was one of those books I felt would stick with me for a really long time. So, when it came to reading The Time Keeper, I was almost reluctant to start it. You know when you read a book so good that you're eager to read the other works by the same author, but you're simultaneously worried that nothing could possibly live up to the first offering (I'm not saying I mean Stephanie Meyer, but look at The Host in comparison to Twilight)? That's how I felt about this, but I finally braved reading it and, to be honest, there's a lot to be said about Mitch Albom's writing.
This is, essentially, a book that follows the man that invented time and the punishment he faced for doing so. It shows a man destined to live his life alone, in exile, until the heavens meets the earth - at which point he can be free, but only if he's willing to pass on the lessons he's learned about time to somebody who wants too much, and somebody who believes theirs to be finished prematurely. It's emotional, heartbreaking and thought-provoking - everything that I expected as I'd loved The Five People You Meet In Heaven So Much.
Mitch Albom has a real way with words - it's elaborate and beautiful, and the way that Albom puts stories together makes you feel as though you're reading poetry as opposed to prose. The stories are small but wonderfully formed, shorter than your average story and yet you somehow feel as though you're getting more from them. Each story of Albom's that I've read so far has it's own life lesson a moral to the story, a little something to take away from the novel.
I've really enjoyed both of Mitch Albom's stories so far, and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on more. It's nice to see an author who is consistently beautiful within his writing, consistently thought-provoking, one great book doesn't seem to be a fluke, Albom just seems to see the world in a different way, seems to be able to so delicately word things that are usually hard to talk about. I've enjoyed reading his work and I've ordered Tuesdays With Morrie and so hopefully I'll have another book to add to the collection.
If you've read any books by Mitch Albom, I'd love you to recommend which ones that you liked, and which you would suggest I try!