Then you think you see one, a prime number at last, and you go running toward it - only to find that it's just a mirage, nothing but hot wind. Still, you refuse to give up, staggering on step by step, determined to continue the search ... until you see it at last, the oasis of another prime number, a place of rest and cool, clear water ... ". A wonderful, heart-warming story about unlikely friendships....and math...and baseball! He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem―ever since a traumatic head injury, he … Yoko Ogawa's 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. A little gem of fantasmagoric proportions. , My only experience with Yoko Ogawa before now was her terrific short story collection. These skills he creatively puts to use each day trying to figure out and live in whatever social world of people falls his way as if anew. No matter how far you go, you don't find any. The emotions are mostly expressed in mathematical theorems, cooking and random touch, but it is palpable througho. This is a beautifully-written, elegant little book about an old man, a maths professor, his housekeeper and her young son. It's heavy into math, which I must say, I'm a bit rusty on. You get history, and then the author pulls the mathematical concept into the story so you understand the true consequence of the concept. A delightful pause. I was hoping that would be answered by the end. Though he can’t retain new memories beyond 80 minutes, his 50-plus years of skills developed as a mathematician prior to the accident and brain damage that disabled him are still accessible to him. Happy Cubs opening day! February 3rd 2009 The trio begins to resemble a family, with an unspoken understanding of each other that transcends language and convention. 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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published ― Yōko Ogawa, quote from The Housekeeper and the Professor “He treated Root exactly as he treated prime numbers. Like the novellas, The Housekeeper and the Professor has a woman narrator: the unnamed, twenty-eight-year-old Housekeeper, who is the youngest employee of the Akebono Housekeeper … The Housekeeper and the Professor made me remember my own love of math. Until reading this elegant little book about a mathematics professor, his housekeeper, and her young baseball-loving son, I never realized the beauty I have denied myself. The Professor wins a contest in a mathematics magazine and waves away congratulations, saying he just "peeked in God's notebook". I set it aside for WIT month this year and was happy to pull it back out. And though I am as far from a mathematician as one could possibly be, I enjoy learning about it as best a layman can, thanks to several fantastically-written channels on my favourite website. However, the Professor adores children and so, gradually, her son – nicknamed ‘Root’ by the Professor, for his flat head, like a square root sign, begins to visit the house after school. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.”, “He treated Root exactly as he treated prime numbers. The housekeeper tries to improve the Professor’s life, taking him for haircuts, to baseball games (a favorite sport of his because of the math involved), and celebrating with him when he’s won the math puzzle contests in the magazines. Nobody ever dared look her in the eyes. The last day in math class. 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. 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