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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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It is certainly no coincidence that the eponymous Rosie is a fan of Gregory Peck in the film To Kill A Mockingbird.

In addition to securing Peck’s status as “the sexiest man ever”, the character Atticus Finch, appropriated from Harper Lee’s novel, is famous for giving the following advice:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

The Rosie Project is well and truly an exercise in walking around in someone else’s skin.

Don Tillman is a socially awkward academic whose only life companion is his highly structured daily schedule. With few confidants and few romantic prospects, Don is well known for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

As Don embarks on an unconventional journey to find love, his prized structures and rules begin to unravel, as do other people’s perceptions of him as an uptight oddball. Over the course of the book, Don begins to discover that his way of living is holding him back, and that a little loosening up won’t kill him.

Don is clearly portrayed as having some kind of autism spectrum disorder, a rare trait in a novel’s protagonist. His perspective is rich and engaging; like listening to someone speak a foreign language in which you only understand a word or two, but picking up more and more the longer you listen.

One of the key threads in the book is the growing awareness of both main characters that the different ways in which they see the world are in fact equally valuable, even complementary. They learn from each other, and appreciate each other in spite of their idiosyncracies and dysfunctional behaviours.

A goofy yet warm-hearted, humorous tale of love and friendship with a scientific edge, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project is a lesson in empathy told in a brilliantly original literary voice.
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