A book review from The Movie Snob.
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (2013). A blurb on the cover calls this novel “a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” Well, I don’t know if I would go that far. It’s not bad, but it’s not as good as, say, Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s a first-person narrative by a middle-aged Australian genetics professor named Don Tillman. Within a page or two, it is apparent to the reader (if not to Don) that he has Asperger’s. Nevertheless, he decides that he should get married, and the novel is about the seriocomic events that follow. You can probably decide from this description whether the book is likely to be your cup of tea. I got a little tired of experiencing Don’s overly literal and analytical thought processes on almost every page of the book. And I’m dubious about stories like this and Silver Linings Playbook (the movie) that suggest that love may be able to overcome or break through mental disorders. But on the whole, I thought it was an enjoyable enough read.