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by Graeme Simsion

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 30/01/2013

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The international bestseller. Over three million copies sold worldwide.

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren't appropriate attire in New York. Why he's never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love: love finds you.

'An extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you're good at. I'm sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I've read in a long time.' - Bill Gates

ISBN:
9781922079770
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
30-01-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Text Publishing Co
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
234x155x25mm
Weight:
0.44kg
Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel.

It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script.

The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller. His new book is The Best of Adam Sharp.

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  • Loved it !!

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    I devoured this book and as several have said, I didn't want it to end. Funny, thought provoking - just so absolutely delightful.

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    I think it's important when reading "The Rosie Project" to separate any message regarding autism that you expected the book to spotlight. If you're ok with gratuitous laughs and stereotypes of autism and aspergers, you can laugh at the content. If, like me you're uncomfortable with this mass generalisation, you need to make a decision to read it as a work of fiction, and not expect anything deep and meaningful for the cause.

    So having made the decision to take "The Rosie Project" as a an easy dig at symptoms of the above, I was able to enjoy the novel.

    The first half of the book had me making comparisons to "Forrest Gump" in terms of the slapstick situations that Don finds himself in that were reminiscent of our other favourite savant, Forrest. Don is a loveable character, and it's easy to determine that there is little malice behind his actions and words, which makes him entirely relatable as a character (and I'm not scared to admit that a lot of his stream of consciousness dialogue reminded me of my own thought processes from time to time).

    There is a lot of value in the set ups, and the best books are ones that make you feel so involved with the story that you can't turn the next page because you know it's going to cause shame, embarrassment or sadness for the character. But then again you can't stop yourself and continue on because you're in this with Don.

    By the halfway mark in the book I changed my opinion of comparing Don to Forrest, and considered him more of a House MD type but without the snarky, bitter angle that House brings to the tv series. Indeed the correlation between the characters in both continue to stack up - Don's got his BFF/bromance happening with Gene, who schools him on societal norms but is not the best person to be handing out this type of advice (similar to House/Wilson), you've got the overbearing Dean who foils Don's plans (covered by many characters such as Cuddy but also people like Tritter) and you've got the similar love interest with an inability to communicate acceptably, causing shenanigans to occur.

    I know others have mentioned that this is a carbon copy of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, but that was never a comparison that came to my mind. Don lacks the geekery that makes Sheldon unique.

    The angle that saved "The Rosie Project" from feeling like a rehash and mix up of the various other mediums which have dealt with similar characters in the past is the honest, Australian narrative and down to earth characters.

    So my only caveat is don't be too upset by the commercialisation and simplification of autism spectrum disorders, and allow yourself to laugh along with Don as he finds out who he is.

  • Fun and witty

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    I have yet to meet someone who hasn't enjoyed this book. Romantic without being sappy, funny without being stupid and surprisingly poignant - Graeme Simsion's Rosie Project is my go-to gift recommendation. Looking forward to the sequel.

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