To feel too old if we have a wrinkle.
Music is already in. You just close your eyes and let every futile fear slip away. And then, in this new state, free from fear, you ask yourself: who am I? If I could live without doubt what would I do? If I could love without fear of being hurt? If I could taste the sweetness of today without thinking of how I will miss that taste tomorrow.
If I could not fear the passing of time and the people it will steal? What would I do? Who would I care for? What battle would I fight? What paths would I step down? What joys would I allow myself?
How in short, would I live? Haig is quite the storyteller. Highly recommended! View all 56 comments. He looks to be somewhere in his forties. He is stricken with an unusual "condition". His condition makes him an "alba" which means he could be in danger of being discovered never aging. Is this a blessing or a curse? The past and present alternate as we learn how Tom began his journey, and where it will take him over the years. We find out who Tom has loved, the tragedies he has endured, and the lessons we can learn about time.
There is a mystery to unravel, some elements of fantasy as he meets famous people such as Shakespeare and others, a bit of a romantic element, and even a rather thrilling end! I enjoyed reading this unique book, but felt the alternating chapters of past and present took away from the flow for me. Famous people thrown in for no apparent reason, Tom's constant whining and headaches were "over done". We were split on our love for this one, so you may want to give it a try. View all 44 comments. Tom Hazard, just one one the names he has been know by, is years old.
He has a rare condition called Anageria, meaning that his body ages at a very slow rate. For every 15 years of his life, his body ages just one, a condition that began during puberty. This means that he now looks like a man in his 40s. He has lived through many periods in history, met a lot of famous people from the past, and seen plenty of inventions brought to life.
There is a secret organisation set up to protect the peop Tom Hazard, just one one the names he has been know by, is years old. The society gives protection to its members by moving them to new areas every eight years and providing them with new identities, plus they also kill anybody who discovers the truth about them. It is and Tom is now working as a history teacher in a London comprehensive school. With his knowledge of the past, he is very efficient at his job. London is a place where he has lived once before, a place that holds many memories for him.
It is a place that in one sense makes him feel at home, whilst in another haunts him. Tom only has one wish in life, to be ordinary. How to Stop Time, is one of those books that you get to the end and then sit back trying to take in just what you have read. This is a powerful novel about life, and living. Two very different things. Imagine never being able to get close to anyone, never being able to tell anyone about yourself, and then every eight years you have to become someone else and move far away to start all over again.
The book makes you think about your own life, the actions that you take, and the choices that you make. Life is a learning curve, and even Tom is still learning. The story goes back and forth in time, as you travel with Tom through different periods of his life. You get to witness history thorough the eyes of the man who has lived it. You also get to see the mistakes that people have made, over and over again. A rawness that touches you, and whilst giving you a heart-warming feeling, they can also send shivers down your spine.
The way that he looks at life, and sees not only the good, but the horrors that are created is unique. This is a book about not taking yourself, or anyone else for granted. Reviewed by Stacey on www. Reveals what makes him different than any other man who appears to be around forty. The truth is slightly more than that. The wars of old, famous men and woman, such as Shakespeare.
There are more than a few famous names you will recognize as this story talks about the changes in time and place throughout his life. The witch hunts of old, and those of more modern times. You can love the sight of waterfalls and the smell of old books, but the love of people is off limits. Change can be welcome or unwanted, exciting or forbidding, and time goes by, bringing change with it, regardless if we are ready or not, or if we wish the change to come sooner.
Times passes, as it will, on its own.
Capturing moments, a lifetime of them, seems daunting at times, for each moment you spend capturing another moment, yet another moment is lost. I suspect I will be thinking about this story for a long, long time.
Barely 3 stars. I rarely read books that are surreal or have magical elements. But sometimes I do and sometimes they work. How to Stop Time has a good premise.
Tom is one of few people in the world who ages at a far slower pace Barely 3 stars. Tom is one of few people in the world who ages at a far slower pace than most humans. He was born in the 15th century, but by the 21st century he just looks middle aged. He has spent most of his life hiding who he is out of fear that his condition will put him and those he is close to in danger, so he wanders around changing identities every now and then.
Over time, he has met a few people like himself, and he becomes part of a network of people who ostensibly try to look out for each other. What are the consequences of falling in love? Of seeing the world change dramatically? Of having been present during significant historical moments that most people only know through history books? This is all the stuff that had me interested. But what turned me off was a growing element of dark melodrama that reached what felt like an absurd peak at the end.
But it really felt like a great thought experiment devolved into silliness. Lots of people are liking this one.
To me it seemed like a good idea gone awry. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. View all 36 comments. What if you could live for a 1, years? How would you choose to live? What will be your threats? These are the questions this book attempts to answer, all from the point of view of Tom Hazard. Tom, our main character in this journey, has lived for over years. He was born around Shakespeare times and has lived through some of the most important events in history. He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to What if you could live for a 1, years?
He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to not fall in love.
Then he meets someone at work and Tom starts to question the rules he has lived by for so long. The story is told from the point of view of Tom and alternates between the present and the past. The author of this book Matt Haig wrote one of my top favorite books The Humans , I mean, top five all-time-favorite book, and because of it I read all the books he publishes.
Overall, I liked the book but did not love it as much as The Humans. I recommend it to all readers of sci-fi and contemporary fiction.