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This is how he describes himself: "I am thirty-nine years old, tall, fit and intelligent, with a relatively high status and above-average income as an associate professor [of genetics]. Logically, I should be attractive to a wide range of women. In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing."
Don needs a wife so embarks on what he calls "The Wife Project", involving an on-line questionnaire rather than the traditional dating paradigm. As women are more complex and the powers of attraction have more to do with chemistry his methods are doomed to fail.
I nevertheless felt endeared to Don's character. He tries so hard, and his heart is in the right place, but he bungles it with women every time. When beautiful, smart Rosie enters his life he falls for her immediately (without knowing it, of course, because she doesn't fit the questionnaire), and although the feeling is mutual, he frustrated the hell out of me by messing up the relationship time and again. I won't give away the ending, but suffice to say Rosie is a saint and Don is an absolute clot. I enjoyed the read and give the book 3.5
While I can't probably contribute anything that hasn't already been said in the previous 6000+ reviews, I would like to add my endorsement and encourage you to give this book a try. I have recommended this novel to friends as everyone needs something upbeat and uplifting and this book does both.
The story was told so well and portrayed the characters with such clarity that I could not stop reading. There were so many social and relationship issues to think about and consider. Don, our main character, is an undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome adult who is extremely smart and unusual. What is obvious to the read completely blind sights him. Graeme Simsion has done a magnificent job at clearly portraying his characters to the reader - I simply couldn't help myself but to fall in love with them all - good, bad, or indifferent.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a bit of a laugh with a lot of emotion. Looking forward to reading the sequel, The Rosie Effect... Can't wait.
Along the way, I started thinking of Don as my hero, and Asperberger's as a variant, as he says, not a fault. I've never known anyone with it, but I've also enjoyed Daniel Tammet's "Born on a Blue Day," and "Thinking in Pictures," by Temple Grandin. Of course, the author never says Don is autistic, but he's definitely data-driven, or what some in a documentary called "too sane for this world."
The Audible.com version is absolutely hilarious. I listened to it twice and read the book as well, in preparation for leading a book discussion. Few books make you laugh out loud as much as this one.
Well I did, and in a good way. Loved the character and loved the writing.
Apparently he did not research much on Asperger's syndrome and autism, so 'chapeaux' to his skills and understanding of the issue as it is presented in such a clever, non-judgemental and very much close-to-reality way that was a pleasure to read. I think it really provides an honest insight on autistic behaviour that might prove to be extremely useful.
Also, what a good laugh!!