The Housekeeper and the Professor (Vintage Classics Japanese Series) - Vintage Classic Japanese Series (Paperback)
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The Housekeeper and the Professor (Vintage Classics Japanese Series) - Vintage Classic Japanese Series (Paperback)

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Published: 03/10/2019
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He is a brilliant maths 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 him.

Each morning, the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to one another. The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant mathematical equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles - based on her shoe size or her birthday - and the numbers reveal a poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her son.

With each new equation, the three lost souls forge an affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory.

'This is one of those books written in such lucid, unpretentious language that reading it is like looking into a deep pool of clear water...Dive into Yoko Ogawa's world and you find yourself tugged by forces more felt than seen' New York Times

VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS - five masterpieces of Japanese fiction in gorgeous new gift editions.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784875442
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 172 g
Dimensions: 190 x 135 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautiful...the extraordinary Yoko Ogawa casts her spell ...This is a tale which will leave the reader gasping - Irish Times

Alive with mysteries both mathematical and personal, this novel has the pared-down elegance of an equation - Oprah magazine

Strangely charming, flecked with enough wit and mystery to keep us engaged throughout... fairy-tale surrealism and quiet spiritual wisdom - Washington Post

This is one of those books written in such lucid, unpretentious language that reading it is like looking into a deep pool of clear water...Dive into Yoko Ogawa's world and you find yourself tugged by forces more felt than seen - New York Times

Where Yoko Ogawa's brilliance lies is in taking such an apparently stiff framework and bending it into a work of warmth and beauty; or showing us that mathematics is not a cold, hard, science, but an elegant, complex, shimmering art. This feat of literary spoon-bending is accomplished with such calm elegance that it quite takes the breath away - The Times Book Club

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Lance Mitchell

“So good on so many levels”

This was such a comfortable read for me and touched me at many different levels.

Firstly, it is a very engaging story, involving just a small number of equally engaging characters. The two main characters are in the... More

Paperback edition
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“A beautiful, warm and gentle exploration of human connection.”

This month we travelled to Japan for our Read Around the World Book Club on Goodreads. I can honestly say that The Housekeeper + The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is one of the most beautiful, warm, gentle narratives... More

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“ok”

The Housekeeper and the Professor was a book that going to be super beautiful and in a way, it was, but not how I thought it would be. If you love maths, this book would be perfect for you because is full of it.

I... More

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