This is the new novel from the writer of ‘The Five People
you meet in Heaven’ and is an interesting story based around the character of ‘Father
Time.’ In the novel, which is written
in the style of a fable, Dor is
fascinated by counting and measuring time and becomes the first person on earth
to do so, essentially invented the ‘clock’ and time itself. The Gods, angered by this, banish him from
the Earth to a cave where he lives with immorality and where he is able to
philosophise about life and time.
Woven into this narrative are two characters in modern
time. Sarah, who is suicidal and wants
too little time and Victor, a terminally ill man who wants more time. To
help Dor overcome his own issues, he must first help these two characters
wrestle with their own.
This is a moving tale and to me, reminiscent of Paulho
Coehlo and ‘The Alchemist.’ It did feel
religious at times, but the morals and philosophical thoughts could be applied
to anyone. Essentially the main theme of
the novel is to enjoy every day as time is short and precious. It also illustrates how we shouldn’t take things
or people for granted. This didn’t feel
like preaching but more a gentle reminder within a very gripping story. I
found the story of Sarah the most interesting, a girl who struggled with being
accepted at High School and the difficulties teenagers can have when they feel
they don’t fit in.
It’s a short novel so a quick read but one I would
This is published on the 4th September, thanks to Netgalley for my review copy.