How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

“That’s the thing with time, isn’t it? It’s not all the same. Some days – some years – some decades – are empty. There is nothing to them. It’s just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”

Genre: Low Fantasy/Historical Fiction.

Number of Pages: 325.
Perspective: First.
Location: London.
Tom is part of a rare group of people that age much slower than normal. The trick to staying safe when you are over 400 years old is to change your identity every eight years and never form attachments to other people. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Eh, this one fell flat for me. For someone who felt absolute loneliness, I didn’t feel a lot of emotions. Even at the end when he had what should have been an emotional reconnection with someone, I didn’t feel any emotion from either character. There was a lot of filtering that distanced me from the emotions. There was also a lot of telling rather than showing (i.e. “I felt…” or “It made me lonely…”). 

I will say that this book was a lot more metaphysical than I thought it would be. A lot of introspection about time and the meaning of life. Based on the cover, I thought it would be more like the movie About Time (which I loved). Not even close.

I had a hard time believing that he met so many famous people. I mean, one would have been believable, but he was living a pretty isolated lifestyle, so it doesn’t make sense that he would have so many celebrity run-ins, even over such a long period of time. I also find it hard to believe that in over 400 years, he didn’t have sex. I can understand not wanting to fall in love, but, c’mon…
People who like historical fiction (not me, I skimmed the flashback scenes) may enjoy this book better than me. I think fans of Benjamin Button would also enjoy this. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 




“And, just as it only takes a moment to die, it only takes a moment to live. You just close your eyes and let every futile fear slip away. And then, in this new state, free from fear, you ask yourself: who am I? If I could live without doubt what would I do?”
2/5 Stars

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