Ex Libris Kirkland

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Translator Stephen Snyder
First Written 2003
Genre Fiction
Origin Japan
Publisher Picador
ISBN-10 0312427808
ISBN-13 978-0312427801
My Copy library paperback
First Read December 20, 2017

The Housekeeper and the Professor

There is something weirdly dislocated about it. Yes, it's set in Japan at a particular time - and time is important to the characters - but they're isolated and self-contained like the weirdos in the best Haruki Murakami novels. Wild Sheep Men wouldn't feel too much out of place.

Noted on December 20, 2017

A light, slightly sweet, after-dinner mint of a novel about intergenerational friendships and math. I don't have much to say about it beside it was entirely enjoyable, and seemed somehow quiet, light, and undemanding (despite its idea about Math).

Noted on December 20, 2017

The Professor never really seemed to care whether we figured out the right answer to a problem. He preferred our wild, desperate guesses to silence, and he was even more delighted when those guesses led to new problems that took us beyond the original one. He had a special feeling for what he called the "correct miscalculation," for he believed that mistakes were often as revealing as the right answers.

Quoted on December 20, 2017

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