How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time

Book - 2018
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Tom Hazard is a history teacher living a quiet suburban life in a Cathedral town in England. He likes his job but has no real friends, spends his time on the internet or playing the piano, and pushes away anyone who tries to get close to him. But Tom has a secret. He suffers from progeria, a condition that causes the body to age ten times slower than normal. He looks 40 but is actually 408. He won't die for another few centuries. In his lifespan he has had time to learn 13 languages, has become an expert at fighting and piano playing, but all of this has a cost. He must change his identity every few years to avoid discovery. And as he has learned the risks of love and the pain it can cause, he has turned away from other people.
Publisher: Toronto :, Harper Avenue,, [2018]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781443451383
Branch Call Number: F HAI
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 23 cm

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krsbozo
May 31, 2018

I liked the scenes that take place in the distant past, particularly those in and around London during Shakespeare's day. I like the premise of living hundreds of years, but it's hard to imagine nursing a sorrow for a lost lover for four centuries. I mean, come on dude, get over it. Seriously?

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jbjbjb
May 24, 2018

I made it through about 100 pages of this book, but I just couldn't find much empathy or desire to care about Tom. The book can basically be summarized as this: "Hi my name is Tom, I've lived so long and life is loss and suffering and joy and I have more wisdom than other humans because I've lived longer.....{insert cliches about time or mortality} But also I can't get over my one true love from 375 years ago. {insert more cliches} Live in the present...but also oh yeah dwell on your first love FROM 375 YEARS AGO. Oh yeah and I've met Shakespeare." Honestly, I'm sure it would be a hell of an experience living that long, and probably quite tiring in many ways. But the protagonist just drags us down with us from the start and makes even our short lives compared to his feel like an absolute slog. I would have loved to see a protagonist who somehow makes amazing contributions to society in someway with all he has seen and known. With an author like Matt Haig who has done so well in the past, I don't think such a task would have been beyond him, but this book really falls short and in the end, I couldn't have cared less about Tom or his journey.

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kkirby221
Apr 22, 2018

Good book. Interesting concept. It was a quick read. I would recommend the book.

JCLStefanieE Apr 21, 2018

This is a story about the human condition: connections made with people places and things, the struggle to survive, and our complicated relationship with time. Great for fans of Fredrik Backman and the up-and-coming "up lit" genre.

ArapahoeLesley Mar 22, 2018

Haig writes about people. In this book his contemplative philosophical musings focus on our relationship with time, history and being in the present. But it's not all so serious. This is a fun book and a silly book and a highly enjoyable read.

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zanbahne
Mar 16, 2018

Sounds good on the summary, but it really dragged. The hero Tom hasn’t gotten over his first love after 400 years and whines through most of the book. Nothing exciting happens, until the very end -too late for anyone to care. Skip this one.

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Smecevic
Mar 15, 2018

One of my new top 5's! Thought provoking, extremely well written, and a great story about love and life. The details are so descriptive that it makes you feel like you're right there alongside the character. Highly recommend!!

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ronandlynda
Feb 26, 2018

Listed on People Magazine's Best New Books Feb 2018

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singidunum_25
Feb 23, 2018

“I wanted to write something that was optimistic. Even though the central character is quite grief-stricken for a lot of the book, I wanted to find something optimistic within the darkness. I've publicly, very openly, had a history of mental health, with depression and anxiety in my 20s, [so] I think that idea of optimism came about weirdly through my own history with mental health problems. And also to find a way of recovering from that and to do it in a fictional, abstract kind of way. To find a way to embrace the present moment.“
Read more at:
https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/1337.Matt_Haig

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