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50 Book Challenge: #5

Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor

This was a birthday gift, so I'm glad to be able to report that I enjoyed it very much. It's a quiet, graceful book. Somehow very Japanese in its understated elegance and slight oddness. It is about - yes - a housekeeper who looks after a professor who, although a mathematical genius, can remember only 80 minutes at a time. It's mostly about friendship, quiet and tentative. What I like most about it is that it doesn't try and introduce any kind of romance; it really is about friendship. And symmetries. And patterns. And mathematics. For some reason, my brain can cope with quantum physics, but it doesn't cope all that well with math. I have to confess that much of the math just went in one side of my brain and out the other, but that didn't impede my enjoyment of the novel. Except I feel that I ought to re-read it to try and understand the math better. Maybe I will.
Tags: 50books2010, books

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