The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

What an enjoyable book. So funny with an endearing  lead character , a brilliant adult who happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome.  His life is lived to a strict regime – lists for this and lists for that. As well he has little understanding of the conventions which enable society to function relatively smoothly `

Most of what I have heard about Aspergers and Autism has been  in connection with children.  So it was interesting  to read how a mature man might  cope with his life and his quest for a mate, a companion, a wife.

We are all different and some of us deviate from the median more than others. Most of us live behind a façade, a façade following man-made rules for civilized living, a façade which conceals a multitude of varations.

I picked up this book just at the right time, flat with a winter bug and needing cheering up.  It was easy to read and was soon finished. But a couple of days later I started to feel uneasy.  I know Don was only a fictional character but what right have I to laugh at his misfortunes.    Don is aware of many of his shortcomings and aware that people laugh at him.  Why should I add to his misery ?

Dear Don.  I think I could be your friend.  I could quite easily live with your Standardised Meal System and would happily go to a Ball with you in your Top Hat and Tails !

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