I enjoyed reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, an amusing, lighthearted novel about a highly intelligent but socially awkward man who has devised a ‘foolproof’ test for finding a wife. I always have a soft spot for novels about social misfits, and Professor Tillman fit the bill perfectly.
What is perhaps most interesting about this novel is Professor Tillman’s understanding about his lack of social skills, and his complete reliance on advice by those he considers to be more developed in this area than he is. Obviously, being fully reliant on others to guide you also means an inability to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful advice, something about which our protagonist is amusingly unaware.
It’s also fun to follow the development of his complex checklist to weed out those women who don’t meet with his (rather demanding) list of requirements in a life partner. Although, to be fair to Professor Tillman, he’s not sure that even one exists out there.
All in all, this is a light, amusing and heartwarming read. I enjoyed truly feeling in Professor Tillman’s mind and seeing the world through his unique perspective.
It may have grown a little predictable towards the end, and I’m not sure I would want to read the sequel, but this novel is a really enjoyable read. As a bonus, it also includes Professor Tillman’s carefully devised questionnaire for finding the perfect mate, although – be forewarned – you may not want to try that one out in the real world…