22 July, 2013
The Rosie Project by Graeme C Simsion [Judy, Orewa Library]
The Rosie Project is certainly the 'laugh out loud' book it promises to be.
Don Tillman, quirky Professor of Genetics, has decided it's time to find a wife. He draws up a very detailed questionnaire aimed at screening out all unsuitable applicants. Along comes Rosie, who does not seem to fit any of the criteria...but for some strange reason, Don likes to spend time with her. Rosie has her own project though, and Don steps in to help.
The Rosie Project has had great reviews and it won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.
I did thoroughly enjoy the book, but a little nagging voice wondered about some aspects of the story. The book reminded me that we all think so differently, and so need to be more accepting, but was the humour at times at the expense of sufferers of Aspergers - I can't know, but I hope not.
Read it - it's an unusual romance, an engaging comedy, and a little crazy. This is Simsion's first novel, and I am already waiting to see what he does next.
Title: The Rosie Project
Author:Graeme C. Simsion
Publisher: Text Publishing, Melbourne
- Judy, Orewa Library