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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (2013)

by Graeme Simsion

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Series: Don Tillman (1)

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Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. Then a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire-a sixteen-page, scientifically researched document-to find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is strangely beguiling, fiery and intelligent. And she is also on a quest of her own. She's looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might just be able to help her with-even if he does wear quick-dry clothes and eat lobster every single Tuesday night.… (more)
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**** Great read. This book kept me turning pages. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you enjoy the genre.

This book is a great example of a feel-good movie in book form. It touches all the right aspects: familiarity, compassion, love, getting out of your comfort zone, and its silliness at times brings a smile to your face.

That's all there is to it. And that's good, more so: it's great. It makes a really enjoyable read as a humoristic novel about someone with Aspergers trying to find a partner. It stayed with me throughout the duration of the read, leaving you with a smile on your face in the end. ( )
  friso | Jun 1, 2020 |
I loved this book! The writing is so humorous and often very subtle. College professor, Don is so set in his ways that he is organized daily up to the minute. He decides he needs a wife and writes up a Wife questionnaire that will help him find the most suitable mate. Disastrous results are what happens but he inadvertently falls in love with someone most unsuitable, Rosie. I really laughed so hard when he was practicing sex positions with the anatomy skeleton and the Dean comes into his office for a meeting on funding. Don is clueless about many things, which often end up hilarious! Great book. ( )
  LilQuebe | May 28, 2020 |
So predictable, yet so enjoyable. Just read it. ( )
  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
I made an error and dodged this book when it was first being promoted. I'd assumed that any humorous book in which the hero is a neuroatypical man would source its laughter at his expense. I should have had more faith.

What Graeme Simsion has managed to achieve is a perfectly formed RomCom which works because the hero is neuroatypical. He, like any other romantic hero, has obstacles to overcome, some of which he creates for himself and some of which are created by the people around him, and we hold our breath to see if he can win through. We cheer for him for being himself. We want him to succeed without having to change anything essential about himself.

Don Tillman, our hero a tenured associate professor of genetics at an Australian university. He understands that his brain is wired differently from most other people's and that, while this gives him many strengths that other people don't have, strong powers of concentration, an excellent memory, the ability to maintain a rational distance when solving problems and an aptitude for being disciplined and organised, his lack of social skills are likely to make it harder for him to find a life partner.

He decides to solve the problem by starting "The Wife Project", a questionnaire-based search for his perfect match. When he meets Rosie, a self-evidently poor match for his search criteria, he gets involved in "The Father Project", helping her to identify her biological partner.

"The Father Project" leads Don into many activities he would not normally have considered, some of them illegal and all of them in Rosie's company.
The plot is beautifully structured as a RomCom quest. It has a number of surprising twists and while I wanted Don to succeed, I was kept guessing about if or how this would be possible.

The writing is light but deft. Seeing the world through Don Tillman's eyes is a revelation. While there are some very funny scenes, the main tone of the book is compassionate and hopeful.

I stayed up late because I had to know how things worked out. It was worth the loss of sleep.

I'm glad to see that there are more Don Tillman books. I need to spend more time in Don Tillman's company.

I recommend the audiobook version, brilliantly narrated by Dan O'Grady. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.
https://soundcloud.com/penguin-books/the-rosie-project-by-graeme ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
Don is looking for a wife--but his approach is not very successful. Very nice, romantic story told from the guy's perspective. ( )
  lvdark | Apr 29, 2020 |
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It’s cheering to read about, and root for, a romantic hero with a developmental disorder. “The Rosie Project,” Simsion’s debut and a best seller in his native Australia, reminds us that people who are neurologically atypical have many of the same concerns as the rest of us: companionship, ethics, alcohol.
added by SimoneA | editNew York Times, Gabriel Roth (Oct 18, 2013)
The debut novel of Graeme Simsion, an Australian IT consultant turned writer, The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy with sublime character precision and soppy but gratifying genre fulfilment...It's easily as impressive as in an obvious predecessor, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Second, The Rosie Project is extremely funny. The reader is in a privileged position, able to see Don's faux pas when he doesn't, but also has a huge amount of affection for the character, whose dispassionate view of illogical social norms is captured with snort-inducing deadpan accuracy. Warmly recommended.
Whether we become what we are through our genes or through our experiences in life is the old chestnut that this debut novelist tackles with refreshing originality, wit and verve...Filled with engaging specificities of character and setting, the professor's struggle to understand the "fundamental, insurmountable problem of who I was" also becomes a poignant universal story about discovering how best to reconcile logic and emotion, head and heart, and connect our lives with others.

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Hahn, AnnetteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Rod and Lynette
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I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.
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When Don Tillman, a genetics professor, decides it is time to get married, he devises a scientific survey designed to filter out undesirables, calling it the "Wife Project." When Don meets Rosie Jarman, she is quickly eliminated as wife material, but when he assists Rosie in a search for her biological father, he discovers that love finds you, not the other way around.
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Criteria set / Rosie fails all, but love blooms / It's incredible (LynnB)
Who's Rosie's daddy?
Brown eyes can be recessive,
Not ev'ryone knew!

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