Book Talk: The Housekeeper and the Professor


I’m not a math buff, but the numbers and equations were fascinating. So were the nameless characters; none of the characters had names. Of course, these are good discussion points for book clubs. I actually stumbled upon this book because it was on sale at the check-out counter of the Westport Library. Translated from the original Japanese version, this is a beautiful story about relationships between the housekeeper and the professor, the housekeeper and her son, her son and the professor, the professor and his sister-in-law, and the sister-in-law and the housekeeper. The most fascinating thing is that the professor only has 80 minutes of memory at a time, so he keeps a lot of notes attached to his clothes to remind him of pertinent facts. Sounds like Memento, right? And I’m not a big fan of the game of baseball, but the book touches on that theme, too. All in all, I thought it was an EXCELLENT book. I would give it 4 stars. Go get it now!

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