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Publisher Description

Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities—like the Housekeeper's shoe size—and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
February 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
192
Pages
PUBLISHER
Picador
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
831.4
KB

Customer Reviews

cjonesfly ,

The Housekeeper and the Professor

I read the book for the math, but it drew me into the story almost at once. A very curious relationship, but really intriguing. I enjoyed the book very much. And there wad some good math in it.

Darling124 ,

Beautiful

This book is a simple story about endurance, struggles of life, exploration, and bonds that can never be broken. It will enchant you.

Me4770 ,

AMAZING

Ogawa really know how to keep the reader entertained for when u pick it up till it ends

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