“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion

Rosie_project

What’s it about?

Don Tillman is a Professor of Genetics living in Melbourne, he finds most social situations awkward and has never been on a second date. Pushing 40, he knows that statistically there should be someone out there for him and so he embarks on “The Wife Project”, a lengthy and comprehensive questionnaire aimed at finding the perfect match. Much amusement ensues and the naivety in which Don views the world makes for a very charming and quirky adventure.

Worth reading because:

It is a genuinely heart-warming and funny book. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. Don is one of the most offbeat and original characters I have ever read and you will not be able to put this book down. It’s silly, light, fun and a wonderful means of escapism.

Any other books by this author worth reading?

Graeme Simsion has since written a sequel to this book called The Rosie Effect, it has good reviews but I am in two minds about reading it, I don’t want to spoil the gem that is the original, but it would be the perfect book to devour for my next long haul flight. Have you read the sequel? If so, let me know what you thought of it.

Choice Cuts:

Fault! Asperger’s isn’t a fault. It’s a variant. It’s potentially a major advantage. Asperger’s syndrome is associated with organization, focus, innovative thinking, and rational detachment.

I could not see the speedometer, and was not accustomed to travelling in an open vehicle, but I estimated that we were consistently exceeding the speed limit. Discordant sound, wind, risk of death—I tried to assume the mental state that I used at the dentist.

So, to add to a momentous day, I corrected a misconception that my family had held for at least fifteen years and came out to them as straight.

Delicious.

Did you enjoy The Rosie Project as much as I did?

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“The Spare Room” by Helen Garner

The spare room by Helen Garner

I thought for a while about la premiere post and what book I should do first. In a list of many greats, which is the greatest? Does this first post mean that it is the book I deem most worth reading and recommend above all others? To avoid that particular conundrum, I decided to report on a little gem that I read yesterday in one sitting, it is still fresh in my mind, is definitely worth reading and entirely recommendable. So onto today’s dish.

What’s it about?

A woman who has a terminally ill friend visit her for three weeks while she seeks an alternative medical treatment. Sounds dry, and I usually avoid books on such sad and realistic subject matter but this was a treat. Cue a tense period filled with love, life , rage and tolerance (or lack there of).

Worth reading because:

It’s a page turner, I read it yesterday while sick in bed and it only took about 3 hours. The characters feel real and the story feels almost biographical, which is probably because the author based it upon her real life experiences. It is sweet and funny and sad and it made me feel something. I like the author’s Australianness and her unabashed use of local references in Melbourne and Sydney.

Other books by this author worth reading?

The only other Helen Garner that I have read is Monkey Grip, which was ok. I haven’t read Joe Cinque’s Consolation but I have heard good things and it’s on my rather long “want to read” list.

Choice Cuts:

The station was a seven minute walk from my house, twenty if you had cancer.

Death will not be denied. To try is grandiose. It drives madness into the soul. It leaches out virtue. It injects poison into friendship, and makes a mockery of love.

… if I did not get Nicola out of my house tomorrow I would slide into a lime-pit of rage that would scorch the flesh off me, leaving nothing but a strew of pale bones on a landscape of sand.

Delicious.

Have you read The Spare Room by Helen Garner? If so, what did you think?