How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time

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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780525522874
0525522875
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm

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seanhagey
Oct 04, 2018

I rarely read fiction/novels, but I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy read, pulls you right in, and would probably make a great movie.

The plot is interesting and the author does a great job of using the material to address important issues from unique angles. It kind of forces you to take a long look at your own life and make sure your priorities are where they should be.

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zipread
Aug 15, 2018

A one day book. It isn't every day I experience the pleasure of a one day book: a book so compelling you can't bear to put it down.What happens if you were to live hundreds of years without seemingly growing old? Centrally, the world about you would race by as you outlive everything and everyone. You would watch nations and beliefs and flags appear and disappear. But most significantly those you love, even your children would age before your eyes to disappear.And that is the central premise of this book. O yes, hundreds of years later you could tell others how you sailed with Captain Cook and how you spoke with Shakespeare (he had terrible breath). But there would always be the heartbreak of seeing those you loved die before your eyes. Again and again and again and again.
A thoughtful novel with lots of melancholy and tears but good to read none the less.
Definitely a one day book.

ArapahoeKayla Jul 31, 2018

I listened on audio and the speaker was great and pulled me right into this part "Highlander" part "Interview with a Vampire"(no vampires just narration style) story. The plot was fantastic and fast passed, it's a great historical/science fiction that doesn't overwhelm on the details.

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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.

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tamphamnam111
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.

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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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