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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 21 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443422665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443422666
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 394 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A national and international bestseller

#1 Indie Next Pick (US)

#1 Library Reads Pick (US)

"Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book." – Marian Keyes

"Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell. I'd love to have a beer with the humane and hilarious Graeme Simsion." - Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook

"I absolutely loved The Rosie Project—original and clever, and perfectly written. The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie and I can’t wait for that to happen." - Jill Mansell, author of To the Moon and Back

“The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I’ve read in a long time.” — Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Fly Away and Home Front

“This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love.” — Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of Seating Arrangements

“Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.” – John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

“One of the best romantic comedies of the year, this debut will leave you with a new perspective on what it means to fall in love.” - Chatelaine

“Crackling with wit and almost boasting an almost perfect calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio, Graeme Simsion’s delightful debut, The Rosie Project, joins ranks with the best romantic comedies of our age.” – The Globe and Mail

About the Author

GRAEME SIMSION is the author of the #1 bestseller The Rosie Project, which has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and won the Australian Book Industry Association Book of the Year. The Rosie Effect was also a #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, an instant New York Times bestseller and a People magazine Pick of the Week. Simsion lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children. Follow him on Twitter @GraemeSimsion.

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This was a fun book. The narrator is a clone of Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory," so much so that I visualized Sheldon all the way through -- supernerd, all logic and rationality, unaware of people's feelings. Because it seemed like just another episode of the TV series, I wasn't sure I was going to read more than a few chapters, but it begins to get more enjoyable after the narrator, Don, prepares to look for a life partner, using all the tools he knows: schedules, spreadsheets, impossibly exact criteria, a ridiculously detailed questionnaire. Then along comes Rosie, who doesn't fit his specifications at all. The fun is watching him fall in love without knowing it, unable to understand what is happening to him. As with virtually all romantic comedies, the ending is pretty much a bore, since we see it coming a long way off and because there is so much fuss and bother in tying up a lot of loose ends. But the rest is a nice, light, romcom.
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Format: Paperback
Don Tillman is a genetics professor who struggles with getting a second date. Socially awkward, you can't help but find him charming in his unusual actions and decisions. The story is told through his point of view, an autistic intellectual trying to fit the second half of socially acceptable situations. He takes on the Rosie project, finding a girlfriend.

I loved the way this was written. It's not often I connect so well to the main character. I laughed out loud so many times and shared some of his random thoughts with whoever would listen to me. I think in some way, we can all relate to some of his predicaments. Autistic or not.

Light read, I couldn't put it down. I read it a few months ago and it's still fresh in my mind (that's always a good sign!)
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If you can read a novel without requiring that the author base critical aspects of the plot development in reality, and tolerate a main character who is an idiot savant, a genius, afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome, an alcoholic, and can perform incredulous superhuman feats, then you may, repeat may, enjoy this book. If however, your definition of comedy means at least one audible laugh, and you expect the world inhabited by the main character to have some semblance to the world we occupy, then this story will bore you. To say the story details are "far-fetched" is no exaggeration: producing DNA results instantaneously from samples gathered without even basic protections against contamination, an assistant professor who spends almost no time preparing lectures or marking student papers, and can fly from Australia to the USA in mid-term without consequences are just a few illustrations of Somsion's story-tellilng which strains the imagination and can't be forgiven by classifying it as "humour".
Sadly your trust in the reviewers who have given it such lavish praise may leave you cynical about the publishing industry and the professors who praise that which gets printed.
The one redeeming feature of the story is Don's self assessment at Chapter 35. It's an insightful template for self-review at any stage of one's life.
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Format: Hardcover
The novel opens with Don Tillman, a genetics professor about to give a public lecture about Asperger's Syndrome as a favour to his friend Gene, a psychology professor.

`The timing was extremely annoying. The preparation could be time-shared with lunch consumption, but on the designated evening I had scheduled ninety-four minutes to clean my bathroom.'

Don, you see, is routine-driven and socially inept, and is probably the best person to talk about Asperger's (he seems a very likely traveller somewhere on the autism spectrum). Don is focussed on efficiency, and now as he is nearing 40 it's time for him to get married. The solution is simple: the Wife Project, involving a 16 page questionnaire designed to enable Don to eliminate unlikely candidates before he wastes his time getting to know them. Very efficient! Enter Rosie, a 30 year old, whom he thinks Gene has sent him as a possible candidate. Don quickly realises that Rosie would fail his questionnaire, but despite this he's a bit interested. When Rosie tells Don that she wants to find out who her father is, and then the Father Project comes into play. In trying to help Rosie find out who her father is, Don learns more about her, himself, and the illogicality of romance.

`I had no idea sport could be so intellectually stimulating.'

It's light, and funny. Don may be an unlikely hero, but he is a likeable one. And Rosie? She could be perfect for him. I understand that this novel started life as a screenplay, and I can imagine it as a light romantic comedy. There are a number of laugh- out loud moments in the story, especially where Don describes some of the situations he has found himself in.

`Welcome to the real world.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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"WIFE WANTED. Must be punctual, logical and enjoy travelling by bicycle. No smokers, drinkers, or horoscope readers need apply."

Don Tillman is 39 years old, tall, fit and an intelligent Genetics Professor. His best friend, Gene, a psychology professor, has asked Don to fill in for him and give a lecture on Asperger's syndrome. Don agreed, but he would have to focus on the genetic aspects of the syndrome, which probably would be unfamiliar to the audience. There were children between the ages of 8-13 along with their parents in the audience. After the lecture, the parents didn't quite understand, but the children seemed to. Don informed them that Asperger's syndrome is something you are born with. The children stood on their chairs, punching the air and chanting "Aspies Rule." Don felt he had made his point effectively.

Don has learned that married men were much happier and lived longer. So Don put together a 16 page questionnaire to help him find the right woman. He named it The Wife Project. Claudia, a clinical psychologist and Gene's wife introduced him to a few women. The first was Elizabeth. She had very firm ideas, which Don would soon come to find out. They went to a Thai restaurant. Elizabeth arrived on time which was a plus. When it came to dessert, she wanted apricot ice-cream. She would not accept another flavour. Don took her to an ice-cream parlour across the road. The flavour had to be apricot or she would pass. They had every flavour but apricot. Don named it The Apricot Ice-Cream Disaster.
Date #2 was named Olivia, a Hindu woman, who was an anthropologist. She arrived 28 minutes late. She was named The Late Woman. When Don asked her if she was a vegan, she said she wasn't. He asked her if she eats ice-cream.
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