How To Stop Time
4 journalers for this copy...
Interesting idea, but in some parts a bit longwinded for my taste. A bit more joy would have done the story good. But nevertheless I enjoyed it and will offer it as a BookRing.
1. penelopewanders (Switzerland)
2. Femke85 (Sweden)
3. Alia_Rus (Latvia)
4. Lamilla (Belarus)
5. LysMibo (Ireland)
back to me
7.1.2019: on its way to the first reader.
This is here as a ring, and I have to say I am delighted to have discovered it. I've read one other by this author (The Dead Father's Club) and although I appreciated that (and seem to recall a vivid scene of a child (in his pyjamas?) hi-jacking a bus, despite not knowing how to drive), this book is far richer.
The story itself - a group of people who age at the rate of about one year to fifteen of a normal person - is intriguing in and of itself, but the reflections on time, and other philosophical musings - either by the various characters or by Montaigne - make the reading especially satisfying. Starting with Emily Dickenson "Forever is composed of Nows" and moving on again to Montaigne, to mention but one example - "he who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears", I found myself re-reading and running my tongue over these delicacies.
There are, of course, a number of surprises in the plot. I did feel the end was a bit rushed, but this did not spoil the book for me.
I have written for the next address.
At times I liked the philosophical writing style and other times I just felt like skipping pages and hoping something would happen at sone point. But since this week has been a week that I unfortunately had to spend a lot of time in doctor’s and hospital waiting rooms for my youngest son, I had to resist skipping pages since I only had one book with me. In a way it was good, because the slowness of the book repressents the slowness of the main character’s life. He has a condition whereby he ages at a much slower pace, so looking forty-something but actually has lived about 400-something years. He has lived through wars, he has met great writers, he has seen history repeat itself over and over again. But most importantly, he has lost everyone he has loved and has sometimes been responsible for their loss.
This book has come to me as a bookray and it was also a wishlist book. So I’m happy to have read it and will send it on promptly. I’m sorry to have caused a bit of water damage. This book has been my companion in lots of waiting rooms and there has been a small accident with a water bottle. Luckily the book dried up well and doesn’t seem to be too damaged. To make sure that it is completely dry before I send it with the post, I will leave it on the radiator for a day. If it does happen to be a problem further down the ring, I will obviously send a replacement.
I always try to post my controlled releases with real stamps. If you are not a collector yourself, you might want to check out this post on the forum about a stamps sweeps that I organised (now closed) or this one about Bookcrossers who collect stamps. A lot of Bookcrossers collect stamps for charity, so it’s nice to find them a good home!
I have 2 bookrings waiting, so I will start reading asap.