The Prof falls in lerve
OK, I admit it, I’m more than a little in love with Professor Don Tillman. But sadly, the crazy Prof only has eyes for Rosie, the girl he believes just can’t make the cut when it comes to candidates for his ‘Wife Project’. What’s that you ask?
Well it’s what an Aspie (sufferer of Asperger’s Syndrome), who’s brilliant, funny and has the EQ (emotional intelligence) of a flea, might come up with as a way of finding a wife. The ‘Wife Project’ is a questionnaire that counts in women with the right vital statistics. No, not breasts and backsides. Don isn’t really that kind of guy – although he does have a strange fixation on BMI. No, Don’s ‘Wife Project’ concentrates on a potential bride’s compatibility through a 16-page interrogation of life habits. But Don’s plans are derailed very soon after meeting red-haired Rosie – the waitress cum PhD student who is trying to work out who her real dad might be – i.e. the man her now deceased mum slept with on the night she graduated.
Graham Simsion’s debut novel is a cracker. His portrayal of academia is spot on, as is his comic touch. But more significantly, in Don Tillman he has created a character with a strong heart combined with a touchingly innocent approach to other people and their motives. Don simply doesn’t ‘get’ that most of us are self-interested and less than generous to those in need. He is operating at a different level. But even Don’s self focus increases whenever Rosie is around. How will this awkward, but hilarious, geneticist ever win the girl’s heart, let alone her hand? From Melbourne to New York the chase is on, and what a fun and thrilling ride it is. For those who love an old-fashioned, page-turning tale of love lost and found, The Rosie Project has it all.
Highly, highly, highly recommended.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Published by The Text Publishing Company, RRP $29.95
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