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HOW MANY LIFETIMES DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE?
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can keep one step ahead of his past - and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love . . .
A rollicking time-hopping fantasy . . . How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight Observer
Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller, The Truth Pixie, and he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.
A friend of mine told me about Matt Haig and after reading his other book "reasons to stay alive" I had to read this one as well. The cover is just beautiful and Matt Haig has this special way to combine science with fiction. The story not only teaches you that the world can be cruel but that it has its wonderful, colorful sides...
A friend of mine told me about Matt Haig and after reading his other book "reasons to stay alive" I had to read this one as well. The cover is just beautiful and Matt Haig has this special way to combine science with fiction. The story not only teaches you that the world can be cruel but that it has its wonderful, colorful sides too. It´s about thinking, love, family, friendship, and with the fantastic (but believable) aspect it´s a fun read as well. I liked knowing Tom better with every chapter I read, and jumping between present and past didn´t feel odd at all. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book (not as much as "reasons to stay alive") and I´m definitely going to read more books written by Matt Haig.
A life that lasts through centuries needs courage
von Circlestones Books Blog am 26.02.2018
People you love never die (original quotation)
Tom Hazard is a history teacher in London and he likes what he does. But what seems to be a normal life, for him does not mean normality at all, because he was born on the third of March 1581, which means that now he is 437 years old. Not that he is immortal, it is on...
People you love never die (original quotation)
Tom Hazard is a history teacher in London and he likes what he does. But what seems to be a normal life, for him does not mean normality at all, because he was born on the third of March 1581, which means that now he is 437 years old. Not that he is immortal, it is only that he is aging very, very slow. In 1890, a doctor had called this condition anageria, his lifelong mentor Hendrich calls people like them (and there are more) albatrosses, or just albas.
The problem for people like Tom is that they have to change identity, places to live, before their neighbors are wondering and become suspicious. In 1603 he fell in love with Rose, they got married in 1607 and as she got older, the difference between him and her was even more visible. The 17th century was an especially dangerous period for people being somehow different, but also in our modern times, for Tom there seems to be no place to just live a normal life but, what if? what if he falls in love again?
This story is much more than fantasy and definitely not science fiction. It is more a travel through time and centuries, with vivid descriptions of the Shakespearian London and Paris in the Golden Twenties. But it is not about time-travelling, as Tom cannot go back into the past.
Written in the 1st person and in chapters, the story is set in nowadays London and Tom thinks and speaks about his life in form of many flashbacks, each chapter heading defines time and location.
Based on his experiences during more than 400 years, Tom now is ruled by the situation, by the time, by his fears that have grown from the risk of discovery of his special condition and above all he feels his loneliness. Based on his experiences he never wants to fall in love again. Some of his fears and concerns are given rise by Hendrich, who is much older than Tom and who is the Head of the Albatross Organization, who helps Albas with new identities. But Tom during the complete story is and remains a really loveable, often struggeling main character.
The story is enjoyable and entertaining to read, with exciting turns. For readers who like historical fiction and plots in different time settings.