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The Rosie Project (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Graeme Simsion

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Title:The Rosie Project
Authors:Graeme Simsion
Info:Michael Joseph (2013), Hardcover, 304 pages
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (2013)

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This is the second book I have read this week that reminded me strongly of a tv show - in this instance, Big Bang Theory, and in particular, Sheldon Cooper. For Simsion's Don is a science geek somewhere along that same Asperger's spectrum. According to the Acknowledgements, this book had a lengthy gestation, many midwives, and began as a scriptwriting exercise for its creative writing student creator. I think this shows, unfortunately. i can forgive it for not being as funny as Big Bang (few things are, let's face it); I did smile at the various social awkwardnesses created by Don's inability to read situations. but the whole thing is so contrived, and the major plot thread, a quest for a genetic father revealed as the climax on the last page but obvious to any parent of children over the age of 12 from the outset, was tedious in the extreme. Also I still ended up questioning the power even of love in a romantic comedy novel to have wrought such a miracle as the change in Don, which is a pretty fundamental flaw. So if you haven't forked out for this yet, I'd stick with Sheldon and the girlfriend discovered for him by his friends by computer dating matching, Amy Farrah Fowler - they're more believable and a lot funnier. ( )
  Roseredlee | Jun 25, 2015 |
Great read. Totally gets you into the mind of somebody suffering from this disorder. Brilliant. ( )
  whitebalcony | Jun 15, 2015 |
What a great debut novel. Don Tillman is a brilliant professor whose impeccable logic and apparent lack of social skills creates much of the humor in the book. He embarks on a "scientific quest" which he dubs "The Wife Project," whereby he hopes to find a life partner. He ends up dating Rosie,who would be most unsuitable according to his definition of a suitable mate; but life defies logic and the book takes predictable but hilarious and eminently readable turns. ( )
  Writermala | Jun 9, 2015 |
I love books with quirky characters...and Don Tillman is nothing if not quirky! ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
Don is looking for a wife. His methods are unconventional, to say the least. But this is because Don is unconventional. Don is definitely on the Autism spectrum somewhere, but seems to be unaware of this. His social awkwardness is something he is accustomed to, and he just carries on. When he meets Rosie, she turns his life upside down. He falls in love with her and when he realizes this, he has to evaluate his life and make adjustments in order to accommodate a relationship. The process helps him get more in touch with himself and others. This was a charming and funny story with an unashamedly feel-good ending. ( )
  nittnut | May 6, 2015 |
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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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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)

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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.… (more)

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