Time…

I used to read a lot before but for some reason or other, I stopped. One reason, of course, would be the fact that books are extremely expensive these days and are no longer that affordable. The fact that one can deduct the amount spent on books in one’s annual income tax return is little consolation. Eventually, all that I would read would be the monthly issue of the Reader’s Digest and gradually, that too would be left unopened every time it is delivered – I am still subscribing as my girl wants to read it so these days, she would be the one enjoying it every month.

Actually, she buys a lot of books and very frequently too but it is perfectly all right as she enjoys reading a lot and will re-read those that she likes very much. Besides, she does not spend on much else so I do encourage her to do so and would take her to the bookstores to browse around and pick the ones she likes, not that we have a lot to choose from here, I’m afraid. Most bookstores here would be packed to the brim with workbooks, a sad reflection of the modern day kiasu society where everyone is fighting tooth and claw to attain excellent grades in one’s studies and neglecting everything else.

Anyway, I was doing some spring cleaning and rearranging the books and everything else on the shelves that day when I saw this…

TTK

I have read one only and that was because I happened to see the movie on television and loved it so much. Yes, the book is really great too…and I would say that to date, that is one of my favourites. In the end, I decided to give this one a go.

There are some parts in the book that I particularly like. Look at this extract, for instance:
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.
Man alone measures time.
Man alone chimes the hour.
And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creatures endures.
A fear of time running out.
(Sphere:2013 Page 8)
Now, don’t you think that’s absolutely thought-provoking…and isn’t that so very true?

The story highlights the contrast between two of the main characters – a teenage girl who was wishing that time would go by more quickly and an old man who was hoping it would go more slowly so he would have more time to spend in this world. I would say that it made me think about myself – then and now and some of the lines that caught my attention and got me thinking include this one:
Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.
(Sphere: 2013 Page 117)
…and this one as well:
We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.
(Sphere: 2013 Page 138)

The book brings to mind this old-time favourite of mine by Glen Campbell:

Some people run, some people crawl
Some people don’t even move at all

Some roads lead forward, some roads lead back
Some roads are bathed in white and some wrapped in black
Some people never get and some never give
some people never die and some never live

Some folks treat me mean, some treat me kind
Most folks just go their way and don’t pay me any mind
Time, oh good good time, where did you go? Time, oh good good time, where did you go?

…and I would say that I quite enjoyed reading it though I very much prefer the other one by the author that I have read …in more ways than one. Personally, that one is still my favourite.

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23 thoughts on “Time…

  1. Mitch Albom! He is an excellent writer. I read ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and ‘The Timekeeper’. I love both! I’m about to read another book of his hehe..

    Ya, Melissa says he’s got a new one – call from Heaven or something…but it’s only available on hard cover right now, too expensive. Have to wait for the paperback version.

  2. Books are cheap when The Big Bad Wolf sale is here. You can ask Small Kucing to send you a box full. I am surprised that your daughter could re-read some books that she liked. I had never done that in my entire life. LOL

    I have been guessing whether my wife or Small Kucing has more books as both of them are serious book worms!

    Book Access is really cheap already – my girl would have carted all the books home last trip to KL but I only bought 20 kg baggage allowance and the mum already bought so many things at Tanjung Sepat… :( Next trip, we’ll surely go there again – use MAS, 30 kg per person. Sending by post is out of the question – simply too expensive…and hard to get other people to buy books; they would not know what you like.

  3. I am one of the few who never read books…. can easily fall asleep after flipping through all these thick story books LOL

    Oh? Then you’re like me…at 60 plus. :D Thought you’re an intellectual? Would have read all the books…

  4. Tuesday with Morrie is one of my favourites!!! Poignant with lots of life’s lessons.

    Yes, I love that one the most.

  5. I haven’t tried reading Mitch Albom. Heard that he was a good writer. Buying book just like buying clothes nowadays. Wait for school break season, they’ll sell the books at the lowest price. :D

    In the meantime, you can click the link and watch the movie, Tuesdays with Morrie – see if you will shed a tear or two or not… ;)

    • I hv the ebook for call fr heaven. If mel wanna read, let me know

      No lah…she will want her own copy so wait till the paperback comes out in the shop here, Popular.

  6. that sounds like an interesting book. my sister is a fan of Mitch Albom too but I’ve never read any of the books though I know some of them is a bestseller

    So far I’ve read two. Maybe someday, I’ll get round to reading the rest that my daughter has. She says they’re all different – can’t really compare one to the other.

  7. During my younger days, reading is my hobby but as I aged, I seem to have lost interest. Even reading newspaper now, my eyes easily feel tired and the print are so small which make it hard for my “lau hua” eyes.

    My eyesight is still ok but my problem is I must lie down to read…and these days, when I lie down, I would fall asleep. Sheer laziness, I guess. :P

  8. Reading has always been my hobby ever since I graduated from high school but the thing is, now that I’m swamped with assignments time to time, it has taken a backseat.

    I’ve watched snippets of the film adaptation of “Tuesday with Morrie”. I have read “Five People You Meet in Heaven” multiple times and found it to be a worthy book. My interpretation after that was that the living must live their lives without any regrets and make peace with themselves and those whom they have or might have wronged.

    There’s a movie of that one too. I haven’t read it. Maybe I should…or maybe I could watch the movie, dunno if it’s on youtube or not.

  9. used to love reading, lots of books, mostly novels by John Grisham and the such. Then it turned into a liking for motivational books, and self help books. Now I’m hard pressed to find time to read anything, as work, family and the blog takes up a huge chunk of my time.

    Hey, I love reader’s digest too! Used to think they were a tad overpriced, but hey, you can get loads of back issues at the local library, and they’re free! :D

    It’s cheaper if you subscribe. My girl loves reading so I would just continue with my annual subscription. Blogging takes so much time kah? I am sure the bulk of the time is spent on going for all those events that you cover rather than the actual writing.

  10. My son also like to read books written by Mitch Albom. He read “Tuesdays with Morris” and half way through “The TimeKeeper”. He was thinking of buying it as he said now got cheaper printing, RM29 compared to the hard cover RM79.

    RM29 is cheap. Novels here nothing less than RM30 and even then, not easy to get. All the bookstores in town will stock up on school workbooks mostly.

  11. Time waits for no one … Time is precious but we do take it for granted a lot if times…i am over 50 now…really cannot imagine that in another few years time, i reach the 6 factor… Hahhaha..

    It will come sooner than you think. I’m already 62…and seems like yesterday when I retired.

  12. I love reading too and I always buy a lot when there is 2nd hand book sales because personally I dont mind reading 2nd hand books. New books are too expensive!!

    I don’t mind my girl buying no matter how expensive as she does not spend much on anything else. As long as she gets to enjoy herself, good lah…

  13. There’s no library to borrow books?

    If it is a good book, I’m sure many would want to have their personal copy for their own private library – to treasure and cherish a lifetime. Plus library books can be smelly…and worn out, not nice to hold.

  14. Agree that books nowadays are expensive, so I wait for BBW sale and buy loads in one go to last me for the year ;)

    My girl picked up quite a lot at a sale here…and gee! She finished reading all of them so quickly! :(

  15. i used to love reading books, but my attention span has dwindled, so i mostly read magazines only now. and magazines tend to be just as expensive, unfortunately. my friends do recommend that i just download books illegally on my laptop/tablet, heh :)

    A lot of people do that. Kindle…but there’s nothing like the smell and the feel of real books!

  16. I read a lot, have been doing that since I was a kid, with my nose buried in Stephen King and buying them whenever we come on vacation in KL (it was RM 22 for paperbacks back then and considered expensive but one thing my mom would allow coz it’s a good habit, according to her, and I agree – she won’t allow video games, never had one as a kid, no Nintendo, no Sega, no Playstation until I was working).

    I usually read ebooks nowadays though coz there are more titles that’s obscure and hard to get which you can download or buy from Amazon (or iTunes if you have a US account – they don’t sell to Malaysia, but I have a US account which you just need PayPal and any US address – I used a hotel in New York for mine haha).

    BBWS makes books cheap but mostly they have the rock bottom remainders in bulk, the good ones sells out fast.

    I read every Reader’s Digest from cover to cover too. Good thing Melissa caught your reading bug it’s a great way to open one’s mind and travel to worlds and get lost in the pages while learning.

    Yes, good habit…though I would want her to go out and socialise more. Guess that’s one’s personality, can’t change that so I leave it all to her. Whatever makes her happy.

  17. I love to read, it’s my only sources for encouragements!!! =]

    May depend on what you read. I love sob stories though, never mind that they can be quite depressing. LOL!!! :D

  18. Yup books expensive nowadays. Imagine rm40 a book. If kids books with those music ones can go up to rm70!!

    That’s why I chase big bad wolf sale. Rm8 only and its new books. But they don’t hv thr latest books la as they sell remainder stock from publisher. I don’t care coz books are books. Latest or not as lobg as it’s good book I dont mind.

    I find thatvthe time keeper is so so if I were to compare it with Tuesday with morrie or 5ppl you meet in heaven. It lack of the intense feeling.

    Tuesdays the best, yet to read 5 people…

  19. i love to read… but lazy la..

    Same here. Hope to get into the habit again, old pensioner…lots of time to do that, but like you…lazy, will doze off to sleep after a while. :(

  20. Great post this one, STP, I enjoyed it very much. Yes, books give us so much to think about and to the see the parts of the world we don’t see. Just a thought, your girl or you even yourself would love a Big Bad Wolf book sale. Ever thought about coming over the next time? Yeah the airticket might cancel the savings on the books but really it’d be quite an experience, you’ll see.

    A great song, that one. Thanks for sharing.

    Welcome. No, thanks. I can’t stand crowds. Would rather fork out a bit more at our end, the air fare can be killing at times…and that does not include all our other expenses.

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