A colleague just gave me a brief description of story/novel but doesn't remember its title but said the author's name sounded french(ish). I am trying to find it:

  • The story opens with a boy who can vibrate/oscillate faster than any human and in due course bends time-space. For him the rest of the people seems to stand still like trees and hence couldn't communicate with them in any manner.

  • At same time the rest of people (mostly his school mates), search for this boy who they believe disappeared/kidnapped.

It's mostly drama rather than focusing on the sci-fi elements.

  • Any idea of age of book? What country was this read in? English language?
    – kaufman
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 19:20
  • Hello @kaufman. It was read in English, Whereas for the period, I am not sure but I believe its during 19th century.
    – madmonk88
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 7:53
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    If it's really from the 19th century then it beats out H. G. Wells's "The New Accelerator" (1901), which I had thought was the first story about speeding up time. Now, the best story of that kind is R. A. Lafferty's "The Six Fingers of Time".
    – user14111
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 14:11

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A graphic novel with a similar premise:

Whatever Happened to the World's Fastest Man?

from Accent UK comics.

Warning: Accent's page for the graphic novel is a major spoiler. I recommend looking for the book elsewhere.

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