I’ve seen tons of people reading The Rosie Project over the past few months and now I know why. It’s vivid, wise, hilarious and – despite being a little predictable – it seems having Aspergers (and I mean this lightly and very tongue-in-cheek) has never been so sensible; I felt like the protagonist really made some pertinent points about life that I’m going to adopt myself…
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. The latter portrays a boy with Aspergers dealing with his parent’s separation and life in general while The Rosie Project follows Don Tillman, a university genetics professor with Aspergers (even though he doesn’t know he has it) on his “Wife Project”, to find a ‘suitable mate for reproductive purposes’.
The Rosie Project never pokes fun at Aspergers; on the contrary, it manages to make the reader feel that life would sometimes be better if we took our emotions out of everyday situations and how much more efficient life could be if we were a little more structured. Conversely, it enables us to look at when and where logic can’t come into place – mostly in terms of our relationships. Truly great!
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