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Heaps of warm-hearted humour? Correct!,
This review is from: The Rosie Project (Hardcover)
I lost track of the number of times I laughed out loud during the early pages of The Rosie Project. Graeme Simsion creates a thoroughly engaging 'hero' in the form of genetics professor Don Tillman whose journey from rigid routine and social inflexibility to something approaching (air quotes) normality takes the reader with him all the way.
Other characters are equally appealing, especially Don's friend Gene who notches up conquests on his bedpost according to nationality and his long-suffering wife Claudia, a psychologist, who dispenses sound advice to Don about his courting techniques. When Don devises a scientific approach to finding a life-partner - the Wife Project - barmaid Rosie is the least likely candidate. How come, then, he finds himself so drawn to her?
Graeme Simsion walks a precarious tightrope in writing a first-person account of a character with (it is to be assumed) Asperger's Syndrome. He rarely puts a foot wrong in this tender-hearted and very funny love story. Many reviewers have commented on similarities with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and even Rainman but, for me, Don Tillman brought to mind man-boy extraordinary John Cromer in Adam Mars-Jones' epic books Pilcrowand Cedilla. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and heartily recommended.