H O W T O S T O P T I M E
Rating : 5/5
The Blurb : (Stolen from Goodreads)
“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love, ‘ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'”
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
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.
My Review :
This has been on my “To Read List” for a while and I am so happy it was my first read of 2018. It is a tale of adventure, loneliness and despite it all… love. This is not a story about time travel but rather travelling through time.
Tom Hazard has a rare genetic condition which means he lives a little longer than the average man and looks a lot younger than his actual age, in fact Tom Hazard has been around for centuries. He describes himself as being old, “old in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam (yes I had to look this up too), or a Renaissance painting is old”, yet he only looks about 41 years of age. Though many would view living so long as a blessing for Tom it has been a curse, the cause of him losing those he has loved. A dangerous secret that finds himself entwined with the mysterious Albatross Society, run by the rich but paranoid Hendrich. Tom is not the only person to have this condition. The society oversees all those who live longer than the mayflies (ordinary humans), controlling their lives, giving the illusion of safety and disposing of all those who get in the way.
Matt Haig articulates this story well, jumping with ease between the past and Tom’s current life as a history teacher in a London School. It is fascinating and beautiful tale, engaging the reader effortlessly into Tom’s extraordinary life. In places I found this book to be so poignant, a tear did fall, it aptly describes and brings to life the prejudices that have run through human existence.
While I was a little disappointed with the ending, due to the last few chapters feeling a little rushed. Overall it is a beautiful tale, with universal themes and an ability to cause you to ponder on your own life.
I read a while ago that they are turning this book into a movie staring Benedict Cumberbatch as Tom Hazard. I have no idea if this is happening or not but I really hope they don’t change it too much for the big screen.