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How to Stop Time: A Novel av Matt Haig
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How to Stop Time: A Novel (utgåvan 2019)

av Matt Haig (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
Medlem:TanyaTomato
Titel:How to Stop Time: A Novel
Författare:Matt Haig (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Its a good story and told well. However, it was a bit melodramatic. ( )
  grandpahobo | Nov 6, 2020 |
3.5 Pleasant fairy-tale type story with a degree of harsh reality - that living "forever" is not all it's cracked up to be...Tom Hazard was born in 1581 and is still alive "today" in the 2000s a condition named anageria. But he has been many places and had many names in that span. Apparently living that long is dangerous - especially in certain eras when his slow aging was perceived as witchcraft - that caused the death of his mother when he was 18 (but looked 12). He came to the attention of the Albatross Society under the direction of Hendrich who is even older after about 100 years. The society brought him into contact with others like himself and also gave him guidelines to live by (never fall in love) and gave him various identities, job, and place to live so as to avoid suspicion over time. It also occasionally gave him assignments - to eliminate other albatrosses (albas) who were becoming too well known or were garnering too much unwanted attention from regular people (mayflies). Tom breaks the fall-in-love rule in the early 1600s when he meets Rose - a girl selling pippins at the market. Eventually they marry, but Tom outlives her and also brings danger to her when she ages and he doesn't. Together they have a daughter Marion, but Tom leaves the family when she is young to try to save them. He sees Rose later - on her plague deathbed and she lets him know Marion is like him. This starts a rest-of-his-life long search for her around the world. Supposedly Hendrich and the society are helping. In the present, Tom has returned to London, hoping to come across Marion and to be closer to where he was with Rose, though of course it is all different now. He is working as a high school history (!) teacher and starts to have feelings for another teacher, Camille who could be trouble or could be salvation. When Tom is asked to eliminate an old friend, Omai, things start to come to a head and the society's governance is called into question about how it controls members' lives. Some thoughtful reflections about time, aging, society, but also a little trite in that he meets Shakespeare, Captain Cook, the Fitzgeralds - and is right at some key historical moments. Definitely made me think, but also swept me along and entertained me. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I found this on my book shelf and randomly decided to read it. it is a story of time travel and a man who cannot die. While he looks like a 42 year old man, his rare condition renders him unable to die and to randomly age only a few years at a very slow pace.

He lives his life on the run, fearful he will be discovered.

Intriguing, I continued to read the story. The author described the various historical events in a descriptive way.

I liked the book, but don't think I can recommend it. ( )
  Whisper1 | Oct 13, 2020 |
The book itself is quite well written. I just have questions about the format. The short chapters remind me a bit of James Patterson ez-read books. It really seems more like a Josephine Hart ("Damage") because it focuses more on character than plot. It's philosophical, so maybe the apt comparison is something like poetry. Getting to the essence. ( )
  billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
The blurb for this one makes it sound like a sweet romance between a man who ages extremely slowly and thus has lived for hundreds of years and a woman he meets in the present day, with a hint of danger from the secret society the man belongs to who works to keep people like him a secret from the rest of the world. What I got in the chunk I managed to get through was a supremely depressed man with chronic headaches due to his extensive volume of memories. While the writing is beautiful, I just couldn't make myself read a novel that feels so unrelentingly bleak so on to other things. CW for suicidal thoughts. YMMV.
  MickyFine | Jun 17, 2020 |
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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.

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