An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie - and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
©2013 Graeme Simsion (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I thought that the book was so fascinating in an extremely 'light-hearted' way. Autism is not a subject to be taken lightly. It manifests itself in so many different ways. This character was such a likable and sympathetic, (without being pitiful), example of how autism need not always be the 'curse' it is presented as in the mainstream . . . but a 'gift of sorts' . . . with the right folks to support and handle one gently . . . . and with respect.
I was especially interested in the character's slow recognition of his own 'condition'. Portions of the story that emphasized that, held my curiosity.
I felt that Dan brought a humanity to the character, that allowed the reader to ease into the character's 'diagnosis'. Very clever that the main character was actually involved in studying autism . . . but never actually seemed to realize that he HAD it!
Hmmmmmmmm . . . good question. !
Entertaining and fun. At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to stick with it but am glad I did. Now I want to listen to it again!
By far the best book I have ever read. I learned so much... Not just about high functioning individuals, but about love and genetics and that even if you're different or you had a really crappy childhood, you can find someone who loves you anyway, just the way you are.
This was a very interesting story. I loved how unique the protagonist was. I also thought the discussion about Asperger's throughout was useful to gaining a general understanding of those with the condition. Very charming, and the performance was lovely.
I loved the unique look at dating through the perspective of a man with Asperger's.
The description of their first date was particularly vivid and entertaining.
This was my first experience listening to Dan O'Grady, but I enjoy his performance.
Probably Rosie. I imagine she'd be a fun person to be around.
I enjoyed reading the book and listening to it.
There were a few funny lines in this book, but overall I found it to be almost insufferably corny and predictable. The story line felt contrived, there were quite a few scenes that seemed to borrow heavily from any popular chick flick in recent memory. Beyond that, I felt that the main character's ability to assimilate and take on almost super human powers was not credible, and a disservice to anyone struggling with Aspergers or autism.
I guess it goes without saying that I won't be reading the second book (or watching the movie which I'm sure will come of this).
I wasn't overly enthused when my book club chose The Rosie Project. I'm tired of "cutsie" and that's what I expected from Rosie. What I got,however, was cleverness, charm, and subtle humor. The narrator, clearly on the Aspergers scale, was perfectly read by Dan O'Grady. The book was a delightful listen and I recommend it for anyone looking for something entertaining.
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