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Lieke | 709 comments I read The Housekeeper + The Professor by Yoko Ogawa for 2. A book set in a different continent.
The book is set in Japan and I also bought the book when I was on holiday in Japan :)

It is a lovely book that I enjoyed a lot!

GR synopsis:
He is a brilliant maths professor with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper who is entrusted to take care of him.

Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them. The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles - based on her shoe size or her birthday - and the numbers reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her ten-year-old 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.



Michelle (mich2689) | 476 comments This is one of my all time favorites!


Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1305 comments I am reading this for AtYB 2018 prompt 6 - a book written originally in a language other than English. It will also fill in for the Around the World Challenge.


Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1305 comments A very poignant story. Using math as a universal language that can transcend barriers was brilliant.
It was a very enjoyable read.


Kathy | 2199 comments I loved this book also. Used for prompt #43, a book related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) [fiction or nonfiction]


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