Monday, January 23, 2012

Somewhat of a Morrie Story

      If you ever read Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom and loved it, then you will most likely like this one. Written by Yoko Ogawa in a first person narrative, this novel goes into depth in the relationship between a housekeeper and the professor she takes care of. The relationship starts on the rocks when the housekeeper sees for herself that the professor's memory can only contain 80 minutes of present time before it disappears from his memory. As the story goes on she also sees that the only things he could never forget are the numbers he surrounds himself with and the memories before 1975.
Despite this and both of them being from two different worlds; her from a world of housekeeping and him from the world of numbers; these two characters end up teaching each other life lessons that help them evolve as characters. 
There are some quirks to the book that set it off: such as almost all of the characters don't have names and there isn't no specific time frame. Reading this novel, I found out that even though these quirks might have given the novel a less personal touch, I saw that it helped put emphasis on the importance of the details in their relationship and the progression of it as a whole.
However, I do have to say that this book does not give in to some reader satisfaction of Disney endings. Rest assured, if you read Tuesdays With Morrie, you will cry or at least shed a tiny little tear. I recommend this book for those days when the mood is turned on for some comfort food and a need for some tissues.

Til Next Review,
Miss Bobo

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