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The Housekeeper and the Professor

Author: Yoko Ogawa

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The Housekeeper
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Hakase no aishita sushiki, Shinchosha (Tokyo, Japan), 2003, translation by Yosei Sugawara published as The Gift of Numbers, Picador (New York, NY), 2006, translation by Stephen Snyder published as The Housekeeper and the Professor, Picador (New York, NY), 2008.

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Summary:

He is a brilliant math 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. 

And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities--like the Housekeeper’s shoe size--and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away. 

The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.
From http://us.macmillan.com/thehousekeeperandtheprofessor

Literary Criticisms:

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"The Housekeeper and the Professor". Bookmarks. (May-June 2009) p35. From Literature Resource Center.

"You Must Not Remember This". Dennis Overbye. The New York Times Book Review. (Mar. 1, 2009) Book Review Desk: p9(L). From Literature Resource Center.

"Strength in numbers". Charles Cumming. Spectator. 310.9432 (June 6, 2009) p36. From Literature Resource Center.

Videos:

Love Theme of "The Professor And His Beloved Equation"
shows images of movie with song.

TRIANGLE/QURULI - images from movie of the professor and his Beloved Equations with Japanese song

Video of Review of The Housekeeper and the Professor on You Tube .

博士の愛した数式: The professor and his beloved Equation (2005) gives mathematical equations in Japanese.

博士の愛した数式 -short video of baseball player with 28 number and Root with music in background

 

Other Reviews:

Ogawa, Yoko. "The Housekeeper and the Professor". Victor Or. Library Journal. 134.6 (Apr. 1, 2009) p71. From Literature Resource Center.

"The Housekeeper and the Professor". Donna Seaman. Booklist. 105.9-10 (Jan. 1, 2009) p46. From Literature Resource Center.

Ogawa, Yoko: "THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR." Kirkus Reviews 1 Dec. 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 26 Aug. 2010.

"The Housekeeper and the Professor." Publishers Weekly 17 Nov. 2008: 40. Literature Resource Center. Web. 26 Aug. 2010.

"The Housekeeper and the Professor." By: Or, Victor. Library Journal, 4/1/2009, Vol. 134 Issue 6, p71-72, 2p;Academic Search Premier

"Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery/The Housekeeper and the Professor." Detail Only Available By: Colley, Susan Jane. College Mathematics Journal, Mar2010, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p170-172, 3p; DOI: 10.4169/074683410X480294 Academic Search Premier

The Sweetness of Primes. Detail Only Available By: Ogawa, Y.. College Mathematics Journal, Mar2010, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p153-153, 1/3p Academic Search Premier

Mathematical memories.Full Text Available By: Rohn, Jennifer. Nature, 7/23/2009, Vol. 460 Issue 7254, p461-462, 2p; DOI: 10.1038/460461b; Academic Search Premier

Other Reviews:

  • Kirkus Reviews,December 1, 2008, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
  • Library Journal, April 1, 2009, Victor Or, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor, p. 71.
  • Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2009, Susan Salter Reynolds, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
  • Mainichi Daily News, April 27, 2007, "Novelists Yoko Ogawa, Hiromi Kawakami to Join Akutagawa Literary Prize Nomination Committee."
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 15, 2009, Jim Higgins, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
  • New Yorker, February 9, 2009, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor, p. 109.
  • New York Times Book Review, March 1, 2009, Dennis Overbye, "You Must Not Remember This," p. 9.
  • Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2007, review of The Diving Pool, p. 30; November 17, 2008, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor, p. 40.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, March 15, 2009, Joan Frank, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
  • Spectator, June 6, 2009, Charles Cumming, "Strength in Numbers," p. 36.
  • Washington Post Book World, February 15, 2009, Ron Charles, "Infinite Loop: A Woman Cares for a Mathematician Who Never Remembers Who She Is," p. 6.

 

Online Reviews:

Curled Up with a Good Book,http://www.curledup.com/housprof.htm (October 7, 2009), Karen D. Haney, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor

List of Reviews from the Publisher Macmillian.

Old Musty Books, http://www.oldmustybooks.com/ (October 7, 2009), Rachel Baker, review of The Housekeeper and the Professor.*