JULY BOOK A DAY – JULY 16

JULY 16.

16) Favorite Book to Take to the Beach

rosie project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

It is a quirky book about a middle aged genetics professor in search of a life partner. Due to certain aspects of his life this turns out to be a real project. His character is very endearing and some of his actions will make the reader laugh out loud and even cry a bit at the awkward situations throughout the story.

“Restaurants are minefields for the socially inept”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

What makes this story so cute is the practicality of the main character. His social handicap, as it turns out, might even not be his fault since he just might be suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, or more particular total lack of empathy and understanding of the emotional parts of human interaction. His search for a soulmate is performed in a rather studious, even academic manner.

“I’ve sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,’ I explained. ‘I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time.’
‘But then it won’t matter,’ said Frances. ‘I’ll have been eliminated.’
‘Only as a potential partner. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion.’
‘But I’ll have been eliminated.’
I nodded. ‘Do you smoke?’
‘Occasionally,’ she said.
I put the questionnaire away. ‘Excellent.’ I was pleased that my question sequencing was working so well. We could have wasted time talking about ice-cream flavours and make-up only to find that she smoked. Needless to say, smoking was not negotiable. ‘No more questions. What would you like to discuss?”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

Main character shares some of his quirkier characteristics with a well established most popular pop culture nerd – Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Only in this case I find prof. Don Tillman much more likable and down to earth. His picturesque persona is more founded in his simple observations on life and even though he struggles to understand what others find as intuitive social norm he never backs up on his believes.

Also there has been talk about the movie version!

This is a major spoiler alert!

“I am able to hug Rosie. This was the issue that caused me the most fear after she agreed to live with me. I generally find body contact unpleasant, but sex is an obvious exception. Sex solved the body contact problem. We are now also able to hug without having sex, which is obviously convenient at times.”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

 

 

 

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