The weeks seem to be performing that odd trick once again - vacillating between zipping by and suddenly it's been a week since I last posted anything, whilst also feeling like a hundred years since something which only happened last week. I think that the endless waiting and packing phase which I'm going through at the moment, coupled with the hope that I can get everything moved and sorted before a little mini-break at the end of the month has been throwing things all out of kilter.
But anyhow. I read some books and had some thoughts. See here:
|Everything Is Lies: Helen Callaghan|
|How to Stop Time: Matt Haig|
This was the second of the books from my recent book swap parcel (more about that here) and I'd heard a little about it. Everyone I've spoken to or heard from who has read this book has adored it - apparently there is just no other possible view. As with most highly praised titles, I was a little skeptical.
We meet our hero, Tom Hazard. On the surface, a regular 41 year old history teacher, but in actual fact, his life has been a lot longer than that. Owing to a rare condition, his lifetime goes a lot slower than the norm, so Tom has lived through several centuries and rubbed shoulders with all kinds of historical figures - working in the theatre with Shakespeare being a particularly noteworthy highlight.
His aim is to go through his life without anyone discovering his secret and without letting the pain of loss (of various loved ones over the years) consume him entirely.
Honestly, I liked the concept here but am not entirely sure why it receives *such* hype. Sure, it teaches you a lovely little lesson about leaving your mark on the universe, I guess. Perhaps I'm missing something huge.
Have you read either of these and do you have any thoughts?