How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life. He can try to tame the past that is quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can't do is fall in love. This is a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change, about the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperAvenue, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781443451383
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,23 cm.


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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?

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.

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.

Apr 20, 2018

A very well written novel and compelling story that takes you back and forth through the ages of the time, weaving together the stories and trials of Tom Hazard's life. He makes an interesting observation that nothing new ever happens to humanity, but we live in a cyclical pattern of wants, desires, obsessions and defiance, each generation forgetting or not learning from the last and repeating the same mistakes over and over again. This was a very entertaining read that surfaced compelling thoughts about society, life, love and our instinct to survive. Hard to put down once you've started.

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.

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.

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!!

Feb 26, 2018

Listed on People Magazine's Best New Books Feb 2018

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.“
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