A book that spans the entirety of time could be described as ambitious. Mitch Albom is nothing if not ambitious. Beginning with the story of the first man to measure time, he weaves a story that encapsulates a huge range of human experiences. As an atheist, it was a great book, I can only imagine what it would be for someone who believes in God.
Albom tells the story of Dor, a man who measures time and wishes for it to stop, a teenage girl who has her heart broken and wishes for time to end, and an ambitious man who reaches for the future despite having cancer. He discusses the meaning of life and how every life is important. He discusses the fragility of time and how humans waste it. I enjoyed reading the long-winded parts about how only humans measure time, and only humans are plagued by the sense of it running out. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition of idealism and cynicism in and between all of the characters.
The structure of the book was not what I was expecting, but after about, a second, I figured that it was silly to judge it on that. And now that I’ve finished reading, I can’t imagine the story working in any other way.
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