Thursday, 7 November 2013
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don decides to solve his problems with The Wife Project – a questionnaire designed to weed out unsuitable candidates: women who smoke, are late, vegetarians – there is quite a list. But then he meets Rosie. She wants Don’s help to track down her biological father. Although Rosie would tick very few boxes on Don’s questionnaire – she smokes, works in a bar, is disorganised – Don is surprisingly attracted.
What transpires is a very comical screwball romance centred around two very quirky and interesting characters. Although both have their issues, Don and Rosie are hugely sympathetic. There are some very funny scenes – you can tell the author is a screenwriter – as the two go about secretly collecting DNA samples to track down Rosie’s dad. There are some poignantly sensitive scenes too that round out Don’s character, especially those that explain his family relationships.
The Rosie Project will likely be compared with Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time as they both deal with characters with Autism Spectrum disorders. This novel is rather lighter with many laugh out loud moments, its main character learning a lot before the inevitable happy ending.
Posted by JAM
Catalogue Link: The Rosie Project