The Housekeeper and The Professor is one of the most touching stories I've read in quite some time now. Simple yet at the same time complex, this tale of a Housekeeper and her son and their relationship with a genius Maths Professor who has only 80 minutes of short-term memory, is beautifully written.
The storyline is highly original and involves you and makes you care for the characters just 10 pages into the book. I'm someone who cannot do Maths to save my life and I was quite skeptical about how I'd like this book. But I loved it, because after reading this book, nothing about Mathematics or numbers will ever be the same for you!
For all you Math lovers, this book will become your new epic. The beauty of how the Professor sees life through his numbers is wondrous! There is a lot of formula explanation, number facts and they are all interesting. If only every child was taught Math the way the Professor teaches the housekeeper's son!
This book is a short yet effective read with amazing characters and I highly recommend it. The emotions, the affection and the love between three unlikely people, makes the book a pleasure to read.
The Professor, his housekeeper and her son whom he affectionately names 'Root', will stay with me forever. And so will the Mathematics of life. Yoko Ogawa is a gifted creator and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!