Booking Through Thursday asks:
Quick–what are you reading right now? (Other than this question on this website, of course.) Would you recommend it? What’s it about?
I’m actually between books. I finished The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, which tells the story of a housekeeper and her son, and how they are drawn into the world of a brilliant professor of mathematics with severe memory impairment. Before she takes the job, the professor has rid of 9 housekeepers. Every morning the housekeeper, who narrates the story, has to introduce herself and her son to the professor all over again. He, in turn, as he does whenever he is stuck or flustered or has extended his 80-minute window, is likely to ask her shoe size or her telephone number. He always has something amazing to say about whatever number comes up. This book is very unique and original, and it reminds me of math classes in secondary school.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng is shortlisted for Booker Prize this year. Set during the Japanese occupation, the second novel of the Malaysian writer follows young law graduate, Yun Ling Teoh, as she seeks solace among the plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Here she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the secretive Aritomo. Not only I am intrigued by the story and its historical backdrop, I’m very much taken up with Cameron Highlands, which I visited in winter 2007 on a two-week trip to Malaysia. High above the fog line, Cameron Highlands is a vast area of rolling green hills, tea plantations and forests stretching along the road through small towns.