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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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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The Rosie Project tells the story of Don, a professor of genetics and textbook Aspergian who wants to find a wife. In classic romantic comedy fashion, he goes about this project in all the wrong ways until he meets Rosie, a (relatively) free spirit who teaches him a thing or two about life and love. It's all very entertaining, if a little contrived, and definitely recommended if you are looking for a little light reading. ( )
  akblanchard | Oct 7, 2015 |
Professor Don Tillman, a brilliant genetics professor who, it is implied, is probably on the autism spectrum, has decided to find a suitable wife. After all, married men live longer. He carefully develops a 16-page questionnaire on subjects ranging from makeup use to punctuality, but soon is distracted from the Wife Project by Rosie, a PhD student and barmaid who wants his help finding her biological father—from a pool of over 100 candidates. Rosie is obviously unsuited for the Wife Project, but Don can’t stop thinking about her. His careful schedule of apartment cleaning, martial arts, shopping, and cooking is thrown into disarray.

Laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking about what both romantic and familial love are made of and to what extent people can or should change. Don’t scrapes with Rosie are funny without being disrespectful of Don, as when he turns out be an extremely gifted cocktail waiter. A smart read without being hard work. ( )
  jholcomb | Oct 4, 2015 |
This is a great book. Its well written, entertaining, funny and poignant. It will leave you with a amile on your face. What more can you want? ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 24, 2015 |
It was fairly charming up to a point. And there's certainly always *that book* that gives us perspective into the inner world of some other group of people... This is one of them... ( )
  xMMynsOtcgan5Gd47 | Sep 15, 2015 |
Don works in Genetics, and he has some form of Asperger's.

Being someone who is adept at organizing data and making logical decisions, he has begun what he calls the Wife Project. He has made the determination that he needs a wife, but is having difficulty finding one suitable. In his case, "suitable" means finding a woman that can score high on Don's questionnaire, which is designed to help him filter out women who are unsuitable wife material, such as women concerned with their appearance, those who are late for appointments, who smoke, or who like the wrong flavor of ice cream.

Don's best friend is Gene, a psychology professor who spends his time trying to sleep with exotic women from around the world, supposedly with the consent of his wife Claudia. Then one day Don meets Rosie, who is on a mission of her own. She is trying to find her father, but she has very little to go on. She and Don team up for the Father Project, as he assists her in her endeavors.

This book was a book club selection, and one of the women in my book club has an adult son with Asperger's. So she could really identify with this book, and said that the depiction of Don was done very well.

I really liked Don. He knew he was different, he knew his condition makes him a little "weird" to others, and that his behavior is sometimes considered rude or inappropriate. He tries to conform when necessary, but sometimes falls short. He tries-- he really does! And Rosie is her own woman. She's offbeat, marches to the beat of her own drum, and she takes no guff from anyone!

My final word: I enjoyed this story, which I believe has been optioned for a movie. It's quirky, and at times is even slapstick humor. I liked the characters. The story could be a little preposterous at times, but that lent well to the "slapstick" feel of the story. Overall this was a fun and fast read. ( )
  nfmgirl2 | Sep 12, 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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