Friday, March 19, 2010

The Housekeeper and the Professor

I enjoyed The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The premise of the books is very interesting and a brave endeavor for a writer. The professor from the title is a mathematical genius that was in a terrible car accident and only has 80 minutes of memory before it is erased and starts over. Anything before the accident he remembers. So the housekeeper has to reintroduce herself each day, etc. I thought Ogawa handled this idea very well without it taking over the book or things not adding up. The characters she brought together were very different and memorable but I felt that the whole book was a little surface level and I didn't get to know any of them very well. However, all in all it was a good read that I would recommend to others.

When I finish a book I love to go to and see what else they recommend. Here are a few suggestions from The Housekeeper and the Professor:

I am adding the three above to my t0-read list on The School of Essentials Ingredients, Cutting for Stone, and A Reliable Wife.
Happy Reading!


  1. Stopping in to say hi from the Blogger Hop! I'm following your blog!

  2. Hi, I just popped over from the hop. I started following as well.

  3. Fantastic stack :)

    LOVE your paisley wallpaper :)

    Happy Blog Hoppin' Friday!
    Tales of :)

  4. Greetings. Just found you through the Blog Hop. I really enjoyed "The Housekeeper and the Professor".

  5. Hi-I found your blog via the hop and am also very into the Japanese novel-I follow your blog now

  6. I found your blog through Blog Hop. I think we both like the same kinds of books!

    I'm reading a wryly funny novel right now that you might like....It's called Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

  7. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds pretty good. I have found your blog through the blog hop and I absolutly love your layout-it's gorgous!

  8. Hey!

    You have an awesome site that I am now following ... loving this blog hop (",).

    Have a great day!

  9. I came by from the HOP and enjoyed browsing through your list of books.
    Please visit my meme Sunday Sidelines

  10. I was a little disappointed in Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet --- I thought it could have been a bit richer than it turned out to be. The Help is marvelous, a great book club read. And my dear friend just recommended Cutting for Stone.

    Came here from reading your comment at Beth's blog.

  11. I am following your blog from the blog hop. I love your blog, it's so organized.

  12. Hi there! Your sister directed me to your blog (though my stamping/card making blog). If you haven't read The Help, go get it NOW! It's a fantastic book. I'm in a book club and this was one of our selections a few months back. Fantastically written, and a powerful story.

    I've been enjoying cruising through your blog and book selections. I just might have to pick up this last one. Sounds interesting! I'm always looking for books to recommend to my book club. :)