The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Housekeeper and the Professor

Yōko Ogawa / Aug 23, 2019

The Housekeeper and the Professor He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem 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 o

  • Title: The Housekeeper and the Professor
  • Author: Yōko Ogawa
  • ISBN: 9781409076667
  • Page: 146
  • Format: ebook
  • He is a brilliant math professor, with a peculiar problem 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 him And between them a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms Though the professor can hold new memories for only eighty minutes, his minHe is a brilliant math professor, with a peculiar problem 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 him And between them a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms Though the professor can hold new memories for only eighty minutes, his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past and through him, the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the housekeeper and her son 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 where one before did not exist.

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        Y ko Ogawa was born in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, graduated from Waseda University, and lives in Ashiya Since 1988, she has published than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction Her novel The Professor and his Beloved Equation has been made into a movie In 2006 she co authored An Introduction to the World s Most Elegant Mathematics with Masahiko Fujiwara, a mathematician, as a dialogue on the extraordinary beauty of numbers.A film in French, L Annulaire The Ringfinger , directed by Diane Bertrand, starring Olga Kurylenko and Marc Barb , was released in France in June 2005 and subsequently made the rounds of the international film festivals the film, some of which is filmed in the Hamburg docks, is based in part on Ogawa s Kusuriyubi no hy hon , translated into French as L Annulaire by Rose Marie Makino Fayolle who has translated numerous works by Ogawa, as well as works by Akira Yoshimura and by Ranpo Edogawa, into French.Kenzabur e has said, Y ko Ogawa is able to give expression to the most subtle workings of human psychology in prose that is gentle yet penetrating The subtlety in part lies in the fact that Ogawa s characters often seem not to know why they are doing what they are doing She works by accumulation of detail, a technique that is perhaps successful in her shorter works the slow pace of development in the longer works requires something of a deus ex machina to end them The reader is presented with an acute description of what the protagonists, mostly but not always female, observe and feel and their somewhat alienated self observations, some of which is a reflection of Japanese society and especially women s roles within in it The tone of her works varies, across the works and sometimes within the longer works, from the surreal, through the grotesque and the sometimes grotesquely humorous, to the psychologically ambiguous and even disturbing.


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    1. The Housekeeper and the Professor was recommended to me by my ' friend Diane because she knows that I love baseball. This March, Japan is participating in the World Baseball Classic so I found this slim novel to be a timely read. Yoko Ogawa has been a leading Japanese novelist for twenty years. In this touching story, she creates a family out of a housekeeper, her ten year old son, and the math professor whose cottage they were asked to tend to. The Professor is a math genius, but seventeen year [...]


    2. Life by the NumbersNumbers are everywhere - Real, Natural, Imaginary, Perfect, Amicable, Abundant, Deficient, Triangular, Prime (including both Mersenne and Pernicious as well as Twins) to name a few. And they're all here in The Housekeeper and the Professor, which Ms. Ogawa wrote in 2007. The Professor is of mathematics and has amnesia; the housekeeper is devoted and has a son. This melange constitutes the cast of a charming story of mathematics and love, subjects with a connection that is less [...]


    3. On originally reading a description of this novel I wondered if it was really for me. Did I want to read about a Professor with a memory span of 80 minutes and the Housekeeper who assists him? I'm so glad I decided to read it and I'm happy to have my own copy. This story of memory, math, building a pseudo-family where no relationship has existed before is full of love and compassion. The emotions are mostly expressed in mathematical theorems, cooking and random touch, but it is palpable througho [...]


    4. “The Professor loved prime numbers more than anything in the world.” "To me, they were just numbers.” says the new housekeeper. “”What’s your shoe size?” This was the Professor’s first question, once I had announced myself as the new housekeeper. No bow, no greeting.”The professor had been involved in a motor vehicle accident, and now his memory is only of the last eighty minutes. Every morning the housekeeper introduces herself. Every morning ”He would ask my shoe size or te [...]


    5. A wonderful, heart-warming story about unlikely friendshipsd mathd baseball! I decided to grab this one for my Japanese reading challenge for 2018 and it was the perfect story to begin reading. It's heavy into math, which I must say, I'm a bit rusty on. I was at one time fascinated by numbers, going to the highest level of math courses in college, and working for my college math professor. But thenI just lost interest in numbers (as along came computers! Nerd!)The story is of the friendship of t [...]


    6. The Housekeeper and the Professoris a charming and enjoyable novella about eponymous Professor of mathematics who due to accident years earlier suffers from peculiar form of amnesia and while he remembers everything from the past his current memory lasts only eighty minutes, and as a reminder of this fact he has fitting note pinned to his suit. In fact Professor has plenty notes on him that rustle when he walks. It is a story about his housekeeper, young single mother and her son named by Profes [...]


    7. Amicable numbers – pair of keyrings Nerd Romance (mathsgear/products/amic)Not that kind of love story, but a sad, sweet story about an unlikely friendship between a brilliant mathematician, his housekeeper and her son. There is love just no romance. The Professor is 64 years old. He suffered a brain injury at age 47. He has an 80-minute retention for new memories ever since his accident. He covers his suit in notes to remember new information. He loves math, numbers, children and his favorite [...]


    8. An enjoyable Japanese novel that scatters numbers, and facts about the brain, though it's primarily about friendship. It feels light, but prompts profound questions.The sitThe eponymous housekeeper is a young single mother (herself the only child of a single mother) with a ten-year-old son. She becomes daily housekeeper to a former maths professor whose head injury in 1975 means he only remembers the most recent 80 minutes, plus things before 1975, nearly 20 years before the story is set (~1992) [...]


    9. With only 192 pages, it is a breeze. A delightful pause. A little gem of fantasmagoric proportions. An ode to maths. And a Dennis The Menace- moment in nostalgia. The Dennis The Menace-moment.(view spoiler)[ I feel a bit of remorse about that one. Not enough though, sad to say! It was the end of tenth grade. The last day in math class. Our Hitleresque teacher, with her wooden ruler with the metal strip on the one side, enjoyed a sadistic pleasure in wrapping us over our knuckles with the metal s [...]


    10. Onvan : The Housekeeper and the Professor - Nevisande : Y��ko Ogawa - ISBN : 312427808 - ISBN13 : 9780312427801 - Dar 192 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003


    11. Everyone and their mother read this last year for Women in Translation month (August 2016), and I remember finding my own copy at the annual literacy book sale. I set it aside for WIT month this year and was happy to pull it back out.The housekeeper is a single parent, trying to make enough to live on, and the professor is a mathematician with a failing memory. The story is about connection and care but also MATH and anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for math. The professor can't remember p [...]


    12. This is a beautifully-written, elegant little book about an old man, a maths professor, his housekeeper and her young son. The professor's memory post-1975 is only 80 minutes long, so everything is fresh and new to him all the time, including the news his memory is only 80 minutes long. The housekeeper has her own problems but finds fulfillment in the relationship, ever renewed, between her son and the professor and her growing love for mathematics. It is a mark of the author's writing that the [...]


    13. A highly polished, smooth, shining surface of a novel that was exquisitely crafted from start to finish. The voice was so understated and matter-of-fact that I would have had little trouble believing that this was an actual account of a real housekeeper remembering her experiences. There were very few authorial flourishes and all of them were appropriately put into the mouth of the strange, afflicted Professor, a math genius whose short-term memory only lasts 80 minutes.A premise like that can b [...]


    14. 3.5 StarThe Housekeeper + The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is a heart-warming story about a housekeeper, a professor and the housekeeper’s ten year old son but also and most importantly a story about what it means to live in the present, and about friendships, family and respect and a little Math thrown in for good measure."He is a brilliant maths professor who lives with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is a sensitive and astute young housekeeper who is entrusted to take care of him" [...]


    15. This is a quietly wonderful book. When I was reading it I really liked it. Now that some time has passed I still think of it, and any book that I still remember months after reading is a book that deserves 5 stars. Although there is some advanced math in the story the author doesn't expect the reader to understand all of it. The numbers and math are used more to show the magic of numbers and how math brings an unlikely group of people together to form meaningful relationships. This is a characte [...]


    16. کتابی که نشر آموت منتشر کنه و کیهان بهمنی ترجمه کنه حتما باید خونده بشه!!کتاب موضوع متفاوتی داره. فصل های اول خیلی کشش داره ولی از جایی به بعد روند داستان دیگه یکسان میشه.نه از اون دسته کتاب هاییه که بشه گفت جالب نبودن نه از اون دسته ای که بگی فوق العاده بودن، به نظرم حداقل برای ی [...]


    17. I’m not sure on which page I fell in love with the wrinkled, snowy-haired Professor in his rumpled suit with the scrap-paper reminders pinned all over it (the most important one being the note that reads “My memory lasts only eighty minutes”). I just know that about 50 pages from the end of the story, I found myself digging in my heels, wanting to linger over every last word. The Housekeeper and the Professor is a gently written, beautiful musing on the nature of friendship and familial lo [...]


    18. This was a delightful story about a single mother, who was also a professional housekeeper and her 10 year old son Root, befriending her new employer, a retired math professor, who due to a tragic accident is left with the ability to only retain information for eighty minutes, before it vanishes from his memory. This was such a uplifting book about the strong bond of friendship and how beautifully the housekeeper, the professor and Root all truly became better versions of themselves from this ne [...]


    19. It gets depressing when all you read is about tragedy, conflict, injustice, loss or regret. Then a feel good book comes along like a breath of fresh air. This is a charming, bittersweet story, and unexpectedly so. I was initially drawn in by the plot, the Professor, who after a traffic accident is unable to retain any new memories longer than 80 minutes. While this quirky device supports the entire story, it is not the star. There were numerous explanations of mathematical puzzles and facts and [...]


    20. This slim book hit all the right notes for me. I love stories about "found family", in this case a brilliant mathematician with an 80-minute memory from a decades-ago accident, a housekeeper hired to clean and cook for him and her 10-year-old son. I love stories about baseball and it was so fun getting a glimpse of what baseball in Japan is like, especially right at the start of our baseball season and right after we had played Japan in the World Baseball Classic. And baseball helped bring these [...]


    21. 3.5After our first full day visiting Japan in 2011, I saw a baseball game on TV (had to be a replay because it was December): the Yakult Swallows versus the Hanshin Tigers. I recognized Matt Murton of the Tigers who'd briefly played for the Chicago Cubs and the name of the 40-year-old Miyamoto. Two evenings later, in Nara, we got caught up in a small parade on the main street and as it ended, a young man straddling a bicycle caught up with us to ask if we were Americans and, next, if we knew Ame [...]


    22. How can I possibly put this book into my own words? I can’t begin to imagine I could capture or convey to any of you, how this book made me feel. It took me two days to read and I wish I could have taken more time to read it – but I simply couldn’t put it down. The pages seemed to turn themselves and I didn’t really feel like I was reading at all.This book moved me. It is a small ripple that travels a long way across calm waters. It is nothing ground shaking, nothing that makes you tumbl [...]


    23. This book is truly original, not your normal run of the mill. I highly recommend it. What is it about? It is about friendship and the beauty of numbers and baseball. And more Where should I start? I will start with the numbers. This is sort of the easiest to expalin. This book made me see and feel the beauty of math, of the laws that govern numbers. The world is so complicated. We understand nothing. Everything is always changing, but then you learn of a mathematical formula that is constant, th [...]


    24. Imagine going to work and having to introduce yourself afresh to your employer every day. Will it drive you crazy if the first question you had to answer at the door each day is “What’s your shoe size?” ?A housekeeper, a single mother with a 10-year-old son, finds herself at the cottage of a 64-year-old Math professor who has had nine housekeepers before her. She expects a difficult client, but what she least expects is an affection that develops into a strong friendship.The Professor suff [...]


    25. Audiobook performed by Cassandra Campbell.5***** and a ❤A housekeeper is sent by her agency to the home of a problematic client. A blue star is stamped on the client’s card each time a housekeeper has to be replaced, and the Professor’s card already has nine stars. But she prides herself on her professionalism. The Professor lives in a small cottage next to a larger mansion occupied by his brother’s widow. A few years before he suffered a brain injury in an automobile accident and as a r [...]


    26. Το θέμα του βιβλίου είναι η ιδιόρρυθμη σχέση ενός καθηγητή μαθηματικών με προβλήματα μνήμης μετά από ένα τροχαίο ατύχημα με την οικιακή βοηθό του και το γιο της, μέσα από το μυστηριώδη κόσμο των μαθηματικών. Τρυφερό, ίσως λίγο γλυκανάλατο για τα γούστα μου, αλλά ενδιαφέρον [...]


    27. کتاب دوست داشتنی بود = ))))ی حس قشنگی موقع خوندنش داشتمنمیدونم برا اون ی خرده علاقم ب ریاضیه یا کلن حس خوبی میداد؟؟!؟بسی پیشنهاد میشه : )


    28. Ένα τρυφερό βιβλίο με ρέουσα γραφή που μου άφησε γλυκιά γεύση και με έκανε να αναζητήσω κι άλλα έργα της συγγραφέα.Είμαι μάλλον πιο κοντά στο 3.5/5.


    29. The poetry of mathematics and the beauty of baseball are two phrases I would never have uttered before reading this book. A math equation makes my eyes glaze over, and I think baseball is the second most boring sport to watch. (Golf is #1). But like all great literature, this novel caused something inside me to shift and change.The four characters in this tale are nameless, known only by their titles of Professor, Housekeeper, Sister-in-law, and Root, the housekeeper's 10 year old son, so nickna [...]


    30. This was such a charming and heart-warming read: there was so much beauty in the writing, on the surface simple yet at the same time filled with hidden meanings and complexities, just like the intricate lace the housekeeper imagines, with awe, that the mathematician professor is able to glimpse. I liked how, in keeping with the professor having to be reintroduced to the housekeeper and her son throughout her special time with him, the reader too was kept in the dark about the names of the charac [...]


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