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The Housekeeper and the Professor (2003)

de Yoko Ogawa

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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.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.… (mais)
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    labfs39: Both have incredibly well-drawn, quirky characters that are lovable in their unique humaness. Both have highly intelligent characters that are vulnerable because of their very gift. In both books I learned things in fields not particularly close to me: math in Housekeeper and philosophy in Elegance.… (mais)
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Such beautiful writing, even in translation! Seemingly prosaic but almost dreamlike at the same time. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
I've had a horrid gastrointestinal bug for days now and so it has taken me four days to read a 180-page book. It was the nicest book to read while convalescing on my sofa with soft blankets and plenty of pillows and a cat in need of cuddles.

To begin with, this book is beautiful, sweet, and unusual. Never before have I read a book in which love expresses itself in mathematics. Through prime numbers, perfect numbers, Fermat's Last Theorem and Euler's formula, each calculates the bond between the professor and his housekeeper and her ten year old son. The professor, who loses his memory every eighty minutes, has only mathematics as a constant. The rules never change, unlike his life, which is a suspicious and fearsome place every time another eighty minutes passes and he must start again to learn about his surroundings.

One of the odd things about this book, and there are many, is that the characters don't have names. There is the housekeeper, her son whom the professor calls Root (because his head looks like a square root symbol), the professor, and the professor's sister-in-law, who is referred to as 'the widow'. The only named character is Yutaka Enatsu, considered by many to be the best pitcher in the history of Japanese baseball. Enatsu is the only person whom the professor's memory held onto after his accident and subsequent brain damage in 1976. It is imperative that the housekeeper and her son keep the professor from knowing that Enatsu no longer plays baseball, for fear of what the lack of this constant would do to him.

This book is about love, I think. It is not a romance; the professor becomes part of the housekeeper's family, or she becomes part of his. Through love and kindness this family is formed, through consideration and proximity and a fascination for pure mathematics, which the housekeeper soon finds fascinating and a way of sharing the professor's interests.

It is hard to describe how good this book is because I have nothing to compare it to. I've never met a book before that runs on mathematics and recurrent amnesia and household chores. If I'd known the book was so math-oriented I wouldn't have read it, so I'm very glad that the cover of the book didn't give any of that away.

'Peaceful' was the professor's highest compliment: he hated noise and crowds. This book has left me feeling peaceful, and has given me hope that I can find for myself a family now that the twists and turns of life have deprived me of my own. ( )
  ahef1963 | May 8, 2024 |
A delicate tale of affection, the novel resents of some evanescence in plot and definition of characters' traits, typical of some Japanese literature of last decades. That said, it's a very pleasant reading; the professor is an unforgettable character, a mixture of spontaneous kindness, vulnerability and moral strenght, able to deeply change the lives of people around him even in his darkest hours at the end of his life. ( )
  Elanna76 | May 2, 2024 |
This is a quiet book. Little happens. Things are set up - the valuable stack of old baseball cards, the possibility of an accident - but nothing happens with these possibilities. The housekeeper and her son come across as real characters, but there is something unbelievable about the professor - he is too much the poet to convince. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Apr 16, 2024 |
Story: 8.5 / 10
Characters: 7.5
Setting: 7
Prose: 8.5

Themes: Family, work, memory, relationships, time, personality, mathematics, leisure ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
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Den mycket uppskattade japanska författaren Yoko Ogawa introduceras på svenska med en riktig hjärteknipare. Annat brukar det sällan bli när gamla, sjuka gubbar sammanförs med barn.
adicionado por Jannes | editarDagens Nyheter, Jonas Thente (Jan 18, 2011)
 
The narrator in Ogawa's mysterious, suspenseful, and radiant fable, the youngest housekeeper at the agency, knows that her new client will be a challenge: nine housekeepers have already been fired. But when she meets the Professor in his small cottage, she is intrigued instead of wary. A brilliant mathematician, he lives a surreal life. The elderly Professor can't remember anything after 1975. He can absorb new information and new experiences for 80 minutes at a stretch, then it is erased, and he has to start over. Quiet and kind, his jacket festooned with scraps of paper on which he writes notes to remind himself of what he always forgets, he spends his puzzling days solving highly advanced math problems and winning national contests. At long last, he has the perfect companions. The smart and resourceful housekeeper, the single mother of a baseball-crazy 10-year-old boy the Professor adores, falls under the spell of the beautiful mathematical phenomena the Professor elucidates, as will the reader, and the three create an indivisible formula for love
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No matter how much time passed, I was always the young woman who made painfully slow progress with numbers, and my son would always be the boy who simply appeared, and was embraced.
I'm not sure why I became so absorbed in a child's math problem with no practical value. At first, I was conscious of wanting to please the Professor, but gradually that feeling faded and I realized it had become a battle between the problem and me. . . . At first, it was just a small distraction, but it quickly became an obsession. Only a few people know the mystery concealed in this formula, and the rest of us go to our graves without even suspecting there is a secret to be revealed.
But those things aren't the goal of mathematics. The only goal is to discover the truth. The Professor always said the word truth in the same tone as the word mathematics.
After all these years, I'm still at a loss for words to describe how purely the Professor loved children – except to say that it was as unchangeable and true as Euler's formula itself.
He treated Root exactly as he treated prime numbers. For him, primes were the base on which all other natural numbers relied; and children were the foundation of everything worthwhile in the adult world.
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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.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.

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