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I don't suppose any people expect to learn lessons on how to have a wonderful life from a novel about a man who is over four hundred years old, but believe me you will when you read this story. However, please don't fear that this is a boring preachy affair. In fact it is a wonderfully entertaining story that skips across the centuries at a cracking pace and brings us to a conclusion that is satisfying and not wholly predictable.
I am a huge fan of Matt Haig's writing and this is every bit as good as my two big favourites The Humans and The Radleys. I'm sure the forthcoming film will be marvellous but the excellent narration of this book by Mark Meadows will be a hard act to follow.
35 of 37 people found this review helpful
This book is the fourth book I have read/listened to by Matt haig, the first one being reasons to stay alive.I have absolutely loved all four books and how to stop time is probably joint favorite with reasons to stay alive.I feel that Matt haig has an amazing ability to understand people and I feel that his stories and themes and his way of writing just show so much understanding and empathy, it is so easy to identify what what he says.I would recommend his books to anyone who is fascinated by people and the way in which the human mind works.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Great until I realized it was a conceptual ripoff of Claire North's "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August", a book which handled almost identical fundamental issues only in a much more engaging and thought provoking way. And yes, I realize most things are derivative to some extent, but this was unsettling in its proximity. The only thing that prevents North from having an infringement claim is the mere fact that instead of reliving the same life over and over dozens of times, Haig just has his guy live one continuous life. Otherwise the secret society, the scientists trying to find them, the lost love, the examination of mortality... etc etc etc. All poorly executed aping of North.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A most interesting read. Loved it. The narrator really brought the book to life. Well done.
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