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‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion





Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who has never successfully dated a woman. He is set up to think more about facts and figures than feelings and emotions and therefore a romantic relationship doesn’t seem to be on the horizon anytime soon for him. Then he happens on the idea of compiling a questionnaire in order to find the perfect woman for him. Naturally he designs this scientifically, and specifies all the things that he isn’t looking for too, such as he doesn’t want to be with a woman who drinks or smokes or arrives late. He thinks that a woman with all the attributes he desires will be the one for him, he just has to find her now.

Then he meets Rosie Jarman, who seems to be the opposite of everything he has asked for on paper. Yet she is clever, funny and entrancing. Rosie has her own quest; she is looking for her natural father, something that a genetics expert like Don might be just able to help her with.

I absolutely loved this wonderful book! It genuinely moved me, and made me laugh, smile and cry. The two main characters are so endearing; I was rooting for Don and Rosie throughout. Don’s mindset and the way he is ‘wired’ mean that there are many amusing situations which arise due to his misunderstanding of the emotions behind words and events. This is a sensitive, warm-hearted story of someone who is different yet wants what we all want – someone to share their life with. It is beautiful to observe how Rosie impacts on Don’s life and opens his eyes to a world beyond the one he has always known.

The Rosie Project is a beautifully written, tender and funny portrayal of the eternal search for love.

Published by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin, on April 11th 2013

Reviewed for lovereading.co.uk


9 comments:

  1. Wonderful review, i really enjoyed it too

    lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. I think your review was one that made me really want to read this one Lainy, I remember reading how much you enjoyed it. It's a lovely read isn't it. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Yeah I thought so, think it annoyed some people though I loved it

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. I've seen a lot of favourable reviews, but also a few that weren't as keen. I guess we often all take different things away from books we read.

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  3. I don't think I've ever heard of this but it sounds really great! I'll be keeping my eyes open :) Great review Lindsay!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Jennifer. I've seen it reviewed on a few blogs now but as it's not yet released I think there will be more about it going forwards.

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  4. Fabulous review Lins. I'm waiting to be accepted still (or rejected!) on Netgalley ...

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    1. Thanks for commenting Shaz. I hope you get to read this one, would be interested in your thoughts.

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