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The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yoko Ogawa

PBR Review This is an elegant, calm read that will most likely never appear on any bestseller lists. There is no emotional roller coaster or highs and lows, only excellent poetic writing and a simple, elegant story with real characters. Itís about living in the moment and the meaning of family and true friendship. It does deal with some complex issues, but the tone is quiet and subdued never hurried. I think the concept of a personís memory only lasting eighty minutes is unique and beautifully portrays the meaning of unconditional love. The professorís limited means of communication is through numbers, so the book has some mathematical descriptions. Donít let this deter you from reading the book if you hate math; itís a common ground for bonding, not about learning or comprehending math. I recommend this book to those who love character driven books replete with compassion that leave you pondering life and your good fortune.Back.
Talking Points: Charming and heartwarming, this is a story that will prompt discussion on the meaning of friendship, unconditional love, living in the moment, the meaning of family and the curious problem of only having eighty minutes of short term memory. Book clubs that enjoy beautifully written character driven stories will enjoy this one.
PBR Reader Comments:
I will remember this book and it's characters for a long time. I highly recommend to those who like a subtle read.
by-Barb 2009/11/01, 04:16 PM

Loved, loved, loved this book. It was recommended to me by the owner of Portrait of a Bookstore when she overheard me handselling The Elegance of the Hedgehog to a fellow customer. Loved the quiet beauty of the relationship. The way the math and the story reflect back and for on each other is stellar writing in my book.
by-Kim 2009/09/08, 04:22 PM

Elegantly written in a quiet, subtle style with fantastic character development. It also wonderfully portrays the process of human bonding and friendship.
by-Lyn 2009/08/23, 08:42 AM

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