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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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It was a really cute book and a quick read; a quirky romantic comedy story. I liked the way that the author worked in the autism spectrum, though Don the narrator was unsuspecting of it. The only complaint I have is that I didn't really understand the ending.... Gene is the father, but Don showed Rosie the positive sample he tested was Phil?? Something about saving her mother's pride and providing her with an answer, and that Phil wasn't that bad of a father as Rosie made him out to be. It wasn't really clean I thought, but I really enjoyed reading the story from Don's unique point of view. ( )
  mpvu | Mar 8, 2017 |
Hilarious beginning, boring middle (with the exception of a few scenes) and hilarious near ending. I felt the plot was old news, but presentation new. Overall worth the read. Would make a cute movie. ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
Professor Tillman wants to get married. There are a few obstacles though. He doesn't act the way people expect him to. He is completely honest and he can't see the damage he makes with his honesty.
Next, he can't seem to get a break with women. He always does something unexpected that makes them leave.
You see, the professor is autistic. His days and activities, from how many hours (minutes) he gets to sleep to what he buys and cooks on a particular day, are all planned.
Since the book is written in the first person, you get to know the professor quite well. So, in order to get himself a wife he makes a questionnaire. Enter Rosie and the comedy of errors can start.

I liked the occasional humour. His thoughts can be quite entertaining. On dating: 'the probability of success did not justify the effort and negative experiences.'
I loved his rare relationships. He took care of an elderly neighbour Daphne until she stopped recognizing him.
But I hated this: 'It was unlikely that her profession as waitress and barmaid was consistent with the specified intellectual level. There was no point in continuing?'

Rosie is a cardboard character. I don't know much about her after reading this book. Now I see there is a second book with added drama, and it is possible she would be better developed there, but I have no desire to read it. There is a happy ending, move along. Don't create additional problems. Write about someone else.

Most women don't have any depth here. The characters mention feminism a lot, but they are more mildly mocked than anything.The academics don't fare any better either.

What I disliked the most is that Don Tillman changed in a course of a few days as if those were just his quirks. ( )
  Aneris | Feb 15, 2017 |

If you’re a fan of Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory, you’ll likely enjoy this quirky and amusing book. I would describe it as a "Sheldon meets Bridget Jones" story. The film rights have already been optioned.

Don is a professor of genetics and has Aspberger-like tendencies that leave him, although intelligent and well-educated, completely baffled at the nuances of social interaction. But it’s time to find a wife and he approaches the project in a clinical, detached manner (complete with a questionnaire). Enter the free-spirited Rosie. Rosie is embarking on a project of her own to find her biological father and enlists the aid of Don’s skill as a geneticist. Although Rosie is deemed to be totally unsuitable as a mate ( she's the polar opposite of wound-tight-as-a-drum Don), Don finds the project intriguing and agrees to help her. Thus, the “Wife Project” turns into the madcap “Father Project”.

Don’s geeky lack of social skills is endearing and charming, although maddening to those around him and provides much of the comic relief in the novel.

Although the book is witty and comical, it's not all fluffy and light. The underlying messages gives the novel some substance: not everyone fits the narrowly-defined “norm”, our pre-conceived notions can limit the people and experiences we allow into our lives, and love often defies rational explanations. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!!

This was the most delightful story. You will find Don Tillman impossible to part with. This was the most enjoyable read I've had in a long time. A modern, old-fashioned, imperfect love story. ( )
  kate_r_s | Feb 12, 2017 |
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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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