He is a brilliant maths professor, with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury some seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short term memory. She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them.The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with ...
He is a brilliant maths professor, with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury some seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short term memory. She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them.The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles - based on her shoe size or her birthday - and the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her little boy. With each new equation, the three lost souls forge an affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory. "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 where one before did not exist.
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a beautifully written book. simple & majestic, reads quickly, lasts forever
Jun 4, 2009
I highly recommend the "The Housekeeper and the Professor." It is succinct and touching in its reverence for math and for other human beings.
May 14, 2009
The Unimportance of Time or Plot
"The Housekeeper and the Professor" is one o those novels that say in one's mind long after reading other books. The mathematics are puzzling and I gave up trying to keep up with the theorems after awhile; but that didn't matter, as the professor's predicament was a metaphor for how most of us live, unable to fully realize more than 80 minute segments. The human mind can only absorb and react to so much information that comes streaming our way, so we push other information to the rear of our consciousness. Often we appear uncaring, as did he professor. The plot is of minimal importance as the book is a philosophical polemic, and a fascinating one at that.
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