Matt Haig How to Stop Time


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A novel about love, loss and living in the moment, from the bestselling author of The Humans The first rule is that you don’t fall in love. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. Because otherwise, of course, you slowly lose your mind . . . Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover—working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love. How to Stop Time is a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change, about the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat. And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.  

When you live your life through centuries, it can be exciting, but also dangerous, woven into loneliness

— Magicsunset

Ein Buch, dass ich jedem empfehlen möchte! Spannend, eindringlich und gut recherchiert!

— IrisBuecher

Stöbern in Romane


Egoland lohnt sich zu lesen!



Einfühlsame und tragische Familiengeschichte.


So enden wir

Bietet Stoff zum Nachdenken, ist aber anstrengend zu lesen und lässt mich letztendlich eher ratlos zurück. Literarisch anspruchsvoll!


Dunkelgrün fast schwarz

Ich wollte nicht, dass es aufhört...


Das Leben des Vernon Subutex 2

ruhig, aber eindringlich


Eine Geschichte der Wölfe

Die Figuren kamen mir einfach nicht nahe - und das trotz schöner Naturbeschreibungen und guter Ansätze


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  • A life that lasts through centuries needs courage

    How to Stop Time


    26. February 2018 um 19:45

    “People you love never die” (original quotation)Content: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.

  • Go! Read it! Now!

    How to Stop Time


    19. August 2017 um 10:45

    Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 41-year-old. But he has a dangerous secret. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Growing up in Elizabethan England, living through World Wars, the Jazz Age in Paris, living all over the world. He has seen a lot and suffered a lot. But now, he just wants a normal life. Every time he moves, which is every 8 years, he gets a new identity. And has now the perfect cover — working as a history teacher in London. He can teach kids about all the things he lived through — world wars, witch hunts. It is his way, to try to tame the past but it is too fast, and still catching up with him. „All you can do with the past ist carry it around, feeling its weight slowly increase, praying it never crushes you completely.“ (P. 59, ebook) Tom has to deal with his condition alone for centuries. Until he meets Hendrich, head of the Albatros Society. He is the one helping Tom to get a new identity every 8 years. But there is one simple rule: Never fall in love, never get to attached. Tom tries to stay in the present, tries to not get to attached, thinking always of his mother and daughter. But teaching does not help, and so we see him over time, watch him play the lute for Shakespeare or have a thoughtful conversation with Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. We see him at his best and his worst. We learn, that Tom has lived many lives, discover the many places he’s lived at and are always at his side throughout the search for his missing daughter Marion. Matt Haig has given us a book, that is so much more than just the story about a very, very old man. He’s given us a thoughtful story which is also fun to read, with sparkling dialogues. A story of love, mortality, and family. A story, which considers every aspect of humanity. I love Matt Haig’s atmospheric writing, all the scenes in the past were as vivid and alive as those in the present. And I love his deep sentences. He shows his empathy for humans and their mind in every little word. A book about loneliness, about finding oneself and a book, that shows us, that to live is always the better choice, there is always someone or something worth living for. There is no possible way of living in a world without books or trees or sunsets. There just isn’t“ (P. 156, ebook) Although there were a few things, like the abrupt ending and the story about Hendrich, that I didn’t like that much, I still just loved How to stop time. Because it is so much more and, after finishing it, I am still haunted by it. It is just one of those books that you read through and then you just sit there, thinking about, what you just read and what on earth Haig did with you. I really suffer from a book Hangover — which is always a good thing. „[…] it didn’t really matter how many years or decades or centuries had passed, because you were always living within the parameters of your personality. No expanse oft time or place could change that. You could never escape yourself.“ (P. 14, ebook) I felt for Tom and at the same time, started thinking about my own life, about humans in general, that it is important to try to make the best of the time which is given to you, not to live in the past, not to fear the future, just to live, even if its sometimes very difficult. Books like How to stop time by Matt Haig, are an eye-opener, helping to think about what you have and that I should be grateful for that. Read it, just go now, buy it and read it. It is heart-warming because the way Matt Haig looks at life is just beautiful. „In those moments that burst alive the present lasts for ever, and I know there are many more presents to live. I understand that the way you stop time is by stopping being ruled by it. I am no longer drowning in my past, or fearful of my future.“ (P. 280, ebook)

  • Timeless

    How to Stop Time


    18. August 2017 um 08:45

    To talk about memories is to live them a little.

    Matt Haig versteht die Menschen, er macht nachdenklich und berührt. Eine im wahrsten Sinne fantastische Geschichte durch die Zeit!

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