Graeme Simsion | Fiction, 2014
Don Tillman is an Australian genetics professor who is obsessed with measurements, numbers, a high need for sameness and predictability, and schedules. He times and plans everything to the minute. The inference is that he is a highly functioning person with Asperger’s Syndrome. Since his interpersonal skills are very poor, a fact which he fully recognizes, he cannot find and hold on to a romantic partner. And so he creates a questionnaire in his “Wife Project,” designed to eliminate women who do not meet his exacting standards for a wife, and, surely, to find some good candidates.
Predictably, he meets Rosie, who does not meet the criteria ...
While I acknowledge that this novel provides hope for people on the autism spectrum, I am hard pressed to recommend it for the typical reader. I found it rather unimaginative. The professor laughs at himself and his faux pas over and over and over again. I might call it, well, “cute.” The outcome is fully present in the unfortunate title, so you know from page one what is going to happen. Now, I laughed once, so I suspect this book may be entertaining because it is funny. But, regular blog readers know me ... if it is funny, I can’t tell!
My apologies to my friend who recommended this. Life is interesting ... I am glad our tastes differ at times!