Friday, August 21, 2009

The Housekeeper And The Professor by: Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is about a woman who goes to work for a man whose memory only lasts eighty minutes because of an accident he was in years before. All over his jackets are notes he pins to remind him of things, like a picture of her face with "new maid". Every morning, as he greets her, he asks her math questions to break the ice, so to speak. As time progresses, the woman and her son find themselves becoming more connected with the professor.

The Housekeeper and the Professor was a great, heartfelt novel. The connections between the characters was great, very real. I loved the relationship between the boy and the professor. It was so well written. And even though there's a lot of math in the book, which might draw some people off of it, I loved it. It's how the professor connects with people, it's the only way he can, and I think she wrote the math in perfectly. I also loved how none of the characters had names. It really makes it easy for the reader to relate to the characters, because they could literally be anyone.

I loved the ending. It fit the novel, and it was so well written. This is easily a book I could reread over and over. Wonderful novel.

My rating: 10/10


  1. thank you for your very interesting post. My goal for the Japanese Challenge is now to read books by at least ten different authors. Everyone seems to love "The Housekeeper and the Professor" so I will for sure read it.

  2. Aw, thanks (: I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I loved the ending too. It was a satisfying conclusion, and I love when I'm not always left to figure it all out by myself (as with many Japanese authors). The family that the three of them made moved me so much.

  4. Me also. It was a touching novel (:

  5. I really liked this one too--and I actually liked that, although they were a family, there was never even any thought of romance between the Professor and the Housekeeper. It made it more genuine to me that it wasn't tied up in a bow like that.