The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This was such a good book.  I stayed up into the wee hours until I couldn't hold my eyes open anymore trying to finish it, which is almost a shame, because The Time Keeper is too good a story to be read that way.

Dor lived 6,000 years ago.  As a young child, he fell in love with Allie, and grows up to marry her and have three children.  Dor is obsessed with counting and measuring, and eventually he discovers time, and how to count it.  He starts with a simple stick and makes what we know now is a sundial, and with this, he measures the first day.

His childhood friend, Nim, wants Dor's knowledge as he builds the Tower of Babel.  When Dor won't help him, he banishes him, and Dor and Allie run, leaving their children behind where they will be safe.

When Allie gets sick and is near death, Dor desperately runs to the Tower of Babel, trying to reach the gods that Nim is sure he will find at the top, to stop time and save Allie.

The Tower falls.

Only Dor is scooped up and saved, and thrust into a cave, forced to listen to people beg for time, as a punishment for inventing it and causing people to lose the wonder of the world.  Father Time is born.

Mixed in with the telling of Dor's story are Sarah, a young teenage girl who wants less time because the boy she loves does not return her affection, and Victor, a dying old billionare who decides to be frozen at the moment of his death, to be revived when a cure for his disease is found. He wants more time.

How their lives intertwine is a moving tale.