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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly funny, perceptive story, 2 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Rosie Project (Hardcover)
Each reader brings to a book their own life-experiences, worldview, thoughts,feelings & knowledge. My own experiences and knowledge of autism and asperger's syndrome in people close to me gives me a special angle onto this excellent book. As I began to read it, it made me think of a cross-between 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time',and 'Diary of a Nobody'. As I continued to read, my admiration increased. Reading the story of Don Tillman, Genetics professor with Asperger's Syndrome, through his own eyes, is like experiencing the world as a parallel universe. The precision, honesty and simplicity of the narrator is both refreshing, touching, and moving. Having finished the book, not only did I find it extremely funny but enormously discerning about ourselves and our social behaviour.

On occasions, as I read the hilarious descriptions of Don's interactions with so-called 'normal' people, I found myself thinking, How can a person so mismanage critical moments of intimacy? The answer is, a person with Asperger's Syndrome. Or, perhaps, a reader may say - a person like me? Don misinterprets social cues. But how many of us can say that we are always strangers to that either?

I found it fascinating to have a rigorous and dispassionate examination of all the components of a piece of human behaviour, that people regularly indulge in without thinking it ever has to be explained.

I loved reading Don's meticulous recording of his systems and of 'normal' people's responses to him and his procedures for interpreting those responses. I even found myself thinking his Standardised Meal System had a lot to recommend it!

This is a brilliantly funny, perceptive story through the viewpoint of an autistic mind, which serves to open our eyes to ourselves, our behaviour and, perhaps, our own extreme oddness.
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