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How to Stop Time

by Matt Haig

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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.
‚??A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations‚?¶.A delightfully witty‚?¶poignant novel.‚?Ě ‚??The Washington Post

  
‚??She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going‚?¶ I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.‚?Ě
Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom 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.
Unfortunately for Tom, 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 tells a love story across the ages‚??and for the ages‚??about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It 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.
 
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What?! Just what Mr Haig. I have ADHD but sat through 2 days of utter undulating emotional turmoil to complete this masterpiece. Great story. ( )
  Chidosibanda1993. | Jul 30, 2023 |
There's a lot i liked about this book. The story is definitely interesting and captivating but the fact that he didn't explore deeper the relationship between Tom and the school teacher kinda disappointed me a little, other than that i gladly give all 5 of'em to this one ( )
  NG_YbL | Jul 12, 2023 |
I enjoyed the book. Wanted an easy read that I did not need to get too involved in. Story is light in that there is no need to remember too many names or places.
I like time travel type stories (although this is not exactly time traveling, but existing for more than one era).
Only thing I didn't like was the rushed ending. It felt wrong to the rest of the story.
But again, since I was looking for easy, I got easy. Ending didn't ruin story, just felt it could've been more sussed out. ( )
  s_quattro | Jun 24, 2023 |
This was just ok. I like the idea of exploring how someone would deal with living for centuries. The characters were drawn well enough but I did not find the writing to be anything exceptional. Decent entertainment. ( )
  jldarden | Apr 27, 2023 |
DNF at page 84 and there's a million holds at the library so I guess I'm returning this though in reality if I could renew this I'd probably read it in the next three weeks but I don't actually care yet so. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
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I often think of what Hendrich said to me, over a century ago, in his New York apartment.
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"It's strange, isn't it? All the things that we have lived to see.... spectacles, the printing press, newspapers, rifles, compasses, the telescope, the pendulum clock, the piano, Impressionist paintings, photography, Napoleon, champagne, semi-colons, billboards, the hot dog."
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
The key to happiness wasn’t being yourself, because what did that even mean? Everyone had many selves. No. The key to happiness is finding the lie that suits you best.
There comes a time when the only way to start living is to tell the truth. To be who you really are, even if it is dangerous.
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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.
‚??A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations‚?¶.A delightfully witty‚?¶poignant novel.‚?Ě ‚??The Washington Post

  
‚??She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going‚?¶ I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.‚?Ě
Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom 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.
Unfortunately for Tom, 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 tells a love story across the ages‚??and for the ages‚??about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It 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.
 
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