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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor

Ellen Pullen, March 1, 2014

I loved this book primarily for the gentle tone and the kind and courteous way the Housekeeper and her son treated the Professor, who had a severe memory loss resulting from an accident years earlier. He could not remember anything more than 80 minutes, so kept notes pinned to his clothing, reminding him what day it was, at what point he had paused in working his mathematical problems. Every morning the Housekeeper told him her name and why she came to help because he couldn't recall anything about her. However, when he learned her son had to stay home alone after school he insisted the boy (whom he called "Root" because his flat haircut reminded the Prof of the square root symbol) come to his cottage afternoons. The two became friends, based on mutual love of baseball and mathematics.
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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor

Ellen Pullen, March 1, 2014

I loved this book primarily for the gentle tone and the kind and courteous way the Housekeeper and her son treated the Professor, who had a severe memory loss resulting from an accident years earlier. He could not remember anything more than 80 minutes, so kept notes pinned to his clothing, reminding him what day it was, at what point he had paused in working his mathematical problems. Every morning the Housekeeper told him her name and why she came to help because he couldn't recall anything about her. However, when he learned her son had to stay home alone after school he insisted the boy (whom he called "Root" because his flat haircut reminded the Prof of the square root symbol) come to his cottage afternoons. The two became friends, based on mutual love of baseball and mathematics.
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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor

Ellen Pullen, January 1, 2012

I enjoyed this book because it was so unusual -- it covers memory loss, mathematics, baseball, genuine love between characters, though not sexual. A gentle story about extraordinary people.

It is truly difficult to choose one favorite book from so many good ones!
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