I really like all Mitch Albom books. His narratives are simple, characters are real, his stories are deep yet simple and his life lessons are hard hitting and relevant.
This is true with The Time Keeper.
Father Time exists. He was once a little boy who followed his curious mind and began measuring time. Every single time we say that we have no time, need more time or want time to fly - we need to remember that we are placed exactly in that moment to move the world forward.
The story is simple. Albom pieced together what all of us knew all along. Most people do not appreciate the time that they are given - some want more, some want less. With want, we are either looking back or looking ahead without looking around and realizing that what you have is plenty.
I liked the book. It wasn't a wake up call nor profound in its message.
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I struggled through this book. Not because it was hard to understand or because it was beautifully or profoundly written. The book was plain BORING. The topic was very interesting but AJ's rambling style and his lack of knowing what kind of an author he was were huge hurdles for me. His intentions were clear yet hard to understand. I couldn't discern his style at all - Was he attempting to be funny? "I should not covet but I saw this girl in a camisole and have lustful thoughts". That isn't funny but juvenile. Appreciating a beautiful person is one thing but to be lustful because of a sheer clothing is adolescent behavior and definitely not funny.
Was he attempting to be insightful? There wasn't a single insight in that book.
Yes, any one who has read reasonable portions of the Bible know that it was written in and for a time that has long long lapsed. Many of the bidden rules cannot be taken literally - so was there a hidden message in there? AJ doesn't know. In showing the world that you cant take the Bible literally, did he unearth a morale cleansing of the spirit by showing that even these inapplicable rules have character? AJ doesn't do that either. So then he was trying to make light of it, perhaps? No, the book spends a lot of time analyzing laws of the Bible literally without context, discussing his beard, the clothes he is supposed to wear, the food he eats, his fear of germs, his journeys and interviews with leaders of religion and his wife's cycles. Then it ends there.
Anyways, I find AJ Jacobs a very boring author. I have seen great reviews of the book but I just don't get it. Maybe I should try this book years from now when I have mellowed as much as AJ has.
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This is one crazy read. Reading this book was like watching someone take on sketching something simple without taking the pen off the sketch at any point... and then the artist forgets what s/he was drawing and continues on and on weaving intricate webs of design, nondesign and finally chaos. This chaos doesnt unravel, doesnt come undone. I kept at it to find some semblance of method in the madness that was this story but my thirst was unquenched yet I was not thirsty anymore.
I think I have ceased to make sense myself.
The lead character is the most complex mix of character that I have ever encountered.
I started Murakami with 1Q84 which was equally crazy yet clearer in the madness. Wind-Up Bird has so many characters with so many personalities or serious lack of personality that it was incredibly complex to understand and grasp their role in the lead character's life.
I think I am done with Murakami for a while.
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1Q84 is a mind boggling. Simply mind boggling. I thought I would be a little lost not having read 1984 by George Orwell. But my fears were unfounded. Apart from similar some references, there was no back story in 1984.
1Q84 is about two main characters - Aomame and Tengo. Both are complex characters with a free spirited soul.
Their world changes when a second moon appears and then it all culminates in its collision. Somewhere in the plot, when their unusual love story emerges with none of the romance, you would begin to piece together the true essence of the story.
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A really nice read. Human nature is tried and tested everyday but when a disaster strikes, raw nature, true colors come soaring out before anyone has a chance to.think.
I liked each of Divakaruni's characters. Some were surprising while others were honest and amazing.
Many of their tales lead to some introspective moments while others make us look at our own lives, loves and hearts. Very few stories inspire that in their audience.
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Here the story of the Pandavas through the eyes and voice of Panchali was amazing. I love these mythical beings in their human like avatars and behavior, but hearing it from a woman's voice of reason or unreason is awe-inspiring. I love the strength of character more because it wasn't easy to summon those strengths and remain moral.
I loved read the Mahabharata tales but ready Divakaruni's version of it was even better.
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A fascinating and gripping story. I barely put the book down from when I picked it up.
The dream teller's story interpreted yet not by her daughter. It's gripping not just in the story but also it the way it is told - gently, understanding that the reader too needs to be held like the daughter.
I love the way Divakaruni tells a story. She drags me into it and makes me relate to every emotion, feel for every character and then leaves a piece of it with me as i turn the last page with a sigh.
I was gripped in her mesmerizing spell and got my hands on all her books. Each one thrilling me more than the previous. Never tiring of either her style or her stories.
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Most of the stories around inviting parents to stay with the son or daughter on a foreign soil rings exactly the same. The very predictable washing of clothes, rich cooking, lifestyle, everything becomes an issue. Perhaps this book was written a while ago and that's why all the stories sound exactly the same. For today, times have changed not just for the younger generation but also for the older. India is no longer the traditional backward, simplistic India.
The other stories in this book are all right but wrought with emotion and tidal tears.
I liked some of the stories and wouldn't read the others again.
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Einstein was a complex character to understand. Reasonably so, the book is a bit complex as well. It starts out very interesting and helps us see Einstein as a person rather than the bigger than life persona he is. But when his ideas are broken down, I found myself having to re-read portions to understand. I ploughed though it to understand the man but not his science. :)
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Some of the essays were really funny while with some others - I had no context. Nevertheless, it was a funny read of make believe of Lady Di befriending Mother Teresa, Adolf Hitler on 60 minutes, New Age Judaism, Da Vinci's Notebook were my favorites.
I think I need to read something newer from Jon Stewart. He is a seriously funny dude.
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