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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
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Jan 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: bookclub, ebook
Read on January 12, 2012

Gail's review:
Beautifully written. Easy to read despite the math equations. Makes you think about whether or not there is an elaborate order to the universe that can be expressed in numbers. Hopeful yet sad. Lessons to be learned about how to interact with people experiencing memory issues. Complex yet simple... Elegant like a well written proof of a math puzzle.

Nancy's summary of Book Club discussion:
Well indeed we had a suprisingly interesting and lengthy discussion about this little gem of a book.  The majority gave favourable reviews, with one dissenter softening her position by the end of the evening. 
Despite the esoteric challenges of mathematics and baseball, the characters were sympathetic and their relationships endearing.  Root was a charming child, his mother stoic, and the Professor fascinating, with the sister-in-law remaining enigmatic.  The writing style was lyrical and at times moving, with the formality perhaps reflective of Japanese culture.  A fitting ending that Root in turn became a mathematics teacher like his beloved Professor.

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