How to Stop Time ハードカバー – 2017/7/6
Hugely entertaining -- JOHN BOYNE ― * Irish Times *
Outlandish . . . heartwarming, perceptive prose -- ANITA SETHI ― * Daily Telegraph *
An imaginative, ambitious novel by an author with an infectious passion for history and the human condition ― * Sunday Express *
Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life ― * Guardian *
Let Matt Haig take you on a journey . . . Brings every era to vibrant life . . . original and fascinating ― * Stylist *
Tear-jerking, time-hopping romance ― * Mail on Sunday *
A fabulous book -- STEPHEN FRY
How to Stop Time is a beautiful, and necessary book. I feel very lucky to have read it. It is magical, intriguing and at times, very sad. A triumph -- MARIAN KEYES
Absolutely terrific -- GRAHAM NORTON
My favourite book of this year, and most others. A dazzling read. Time stopped still -- DANNY WALLACE
Compelling and full of life's big questions, How to Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down -- GRAEME SIMSION, author of THE ROSIE PROJECT
Strange and brilliant and heartfelt -- JENNY COLGAN
It's not easy to write a book that's simultaneously fun and serious and gripping and simple and profound, but Matt Haig manages it again and again. How to Stop Time is just brilliant -- GAVIN EXTENCE, author of THE UNIVERSE VERUS ALEX WOODS
Matt Haig is a writer for children and adults who is adept at digging into the human heart ― * Sunday Times *
Full of Haig's trademark humour and humanity. It is a wonderfully entertaining ride through centuries of adventure with a gloriously heart-warming message. A must read ― * Sunday Mirror *
An epic, spellbinding new book . . . this is a brilliant page-turner about family, love and dangerous secrets ― * Cosmopolitan *
Halt everything to read Matt Haig's How to Stop Time . . . A tale that makes you fall in love with reading all over again ***** ― * The Sun *
An ambitious plot is deftly handled in this exquisitely written novel. A joy! ***** ― * Heat Magazine *
Engrossing . . . A book to relish ― * Metro *
An exploration of how to make peace with one's past in a world where time seems to rush past faster than ever ― * Sunday Post *
A moving tale of regret and redemption ― * Psychologies *
An epic, spellbinding new book . . . A brilliant page-turner about family, love and dangerous secrets ― * Cosmopolitan *
A tender, affecting novel about Tom Hazard, who's lived for 400 years. He's got it all under control as long as he doesn't fall in love. Guess what happens next? ― * Red, 2017’s best summer reads *
The narrator is 400 years old, but the sardonic asides give this pacy novel a modern twist. Matt Haig has designs on our heartstrings . . . The energy and zip of this book are hard to resist -- Hermione Eyre ― * Guardian *
A completely wonderful book -- JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
A refreshing exploration of how to make peace with one's past selves ― * The Herald *
Goodness. What a stunning book. Brilliant, beautiful and mindbendingly magnificent -- JILL MANSELL
A love story for the ages . . . A fresh spin on familiar ideas and, at its best, gets to the heart of what defines us as human ― * iNews *
Inventive, exciting, moving and bursting with insight about history, time and what it is to be human -- KATE WILLIAMS, author of THE PLEASURES OF MEN
Matt Haig has proven his worth as a fictional writer and an ambassador for mental health awareness, and this novel conveniently merges the two in a fun, dynamic story of overcoming grief and one's past towards a healthy and stable mental wellbeing ― * Student Newspaper *
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.
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- ASIN : 1782118616
- 出版社 : Canongate Books Ltd; Main版 (2017/7/6)
- 発売日 : 2017/7/6
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 336ページ
- ISBN-10 : 9781782118619
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782118619
- 寸法 : 16.2 x 3.1 x 22 cm
If ever a book deserved 5 stars it's this one. I devoured this book and struggled to tear myself away from it but the kids needed feeding, the boyfriend needs attention & I suppose I had to sleep 😒
This book was so well written that I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a work of fiction and not an autobiography. I got completely caught up in Tom and his story. The author effortlessly took the story from present day to varying times in Tom's life but it never felt confusing or strange. You totally believed it.
The voice and atmosphere of each point in history was captured vividly and I could really see Tom there doing those things. Those little details, minute touches of information about things that actually happened, made it all the more real.
I loved this book so much I was genuinely sad for it to end. I could've kept reading about Tom's life for much longer. This is one of those rare books that changes your perception, makes you think about life in a different and stays with you long after you've read it. I know this is a book I'll read many times over.
Parts I liked:
First - the good stuff. The historical sections were really interesting and opened up worlds I didn't know about; the part about the witch hunts and his mother were especially haunting and engaging. The premise is interesting and novel, almost like time-travel but without the narrative problems often encountered in time travel stories. It's an effective but simple concept that really makes you want to read it to find out what happens. Some of the writing is very beautiful and touching and there were parts which genuinely moved me - I found the part towards the beginning where Rose dies really heartbreaking.
The not so much parts:
Despite the good points, I often found it a chore to read. I can't really put my finger on exactly why - I just didn't really care about most of the characters (aside from what I've mentioned above). The main character in particular is exceptionally whiny. The premise is a good one but I don't think it has been executed in a very engaging way. I find with Matt Haig's writing I am often very aware of the authorial voice, which slips into ponderous/pretentious at numerous points. He is determined to tell the reader how to approach life, and he does this in quite a clunky way. Some of the lines are clearly meant to be breathtaking "oh I never thought of it like that" type lines, but I think this just takes the reader out of the story. All these added up to me giving up on the book - not really deliberately, but I just picked it up more and more infrequently and found it a chore whenever I did so, until eventually I just stopped picking it up. I like Matt Haig and I like some of his other books (in particular "Reasons to Stay Alive" which is wonderful). This just didn't do it for me, sorry.
In parts, it was quite fun for its depictions of different historical periods, its worldbuilding around the concept of these “albatrosses” as the long-lived ones call themselves, and its meditations on what he practical and psychological effects of a life like that would be.
But I thought it was pretty flawed in several ways. Firstly, it couldn’t resist the obvious trap of having the hero participate in far too many famous historical events and meet far too many famous historical people than was remotely believable. I was much more interested – and much more able to suspend belief – when it came to scenes of him living a normal life in medieval or Tudor times.
Secondly, after centuries of forsaking love, partly to avoid being hurt, partly due to the rules of his society, it was hard to see what suddenly attracted him to his modern day love interest. It felt rather sudden and forced. And thirdly, I found both her and modern day him so over-exaggeratedly right on in their interactions with each other and with the students at their school.
Overall, this had an interesting premise which it partially delivered on, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it.
Positives though, I enjoyed the early years, the time of witches, witch-finders and suspicion, and the evoking of British towns and cities at various times in history. Also the little insights into how people used to think, like rotten and blackened teeth were once a sign of prosperity, as those people could afford sugary treats. But it is to long, and it did feel a tiny bit preachy at times, and the current day stuff was very plain, rather dreary at times. So not all bad, just not that great either. Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to a possible film.
As could be expected of a story about a man who lives on and on as his loved ones die, there is an underlying Sartre-esque despair to the narrative, which is played with ironically by the inclusion of a French teacher as the love interest. Haig’s novel is thoroughly British, however. Self-doubt, subtle irony, Shakespeare, Tudor cottages, scenes of deprivation and poverty... Sounds like Python doesn’t it. And despite its somewhat heavyweight themes there is an edge of almost farcical satire to How to Stop Time.
As its cheeky title suggests, this is not a novel that takes itself too seriously. The prose and structure are both simple and beautiful. The characterisation is sophisticated and economical, the pace well-measured throughout. It’s a page turner from from beginning to end. A great one if you fancy something from the more Literary end of the science fiction genre.