A Brain of a different hue

Search catalogue for The Rosie ProjectMy last blog lamented a book drought…it has ended with a small joy of a book. In The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, we meet Don Tillman. a geneticist living in Melbourne. Don tells us of his life, which is navigated using very strict, logical rules and boundaries which are obvious to all around him and the gentle reader, but strangely not by Don himself, as classic Autistic traits.

Schedules and routine make up his life, but he increasingly becomes aware that he should have a life partner, to enable him to fit in. He devises a 16 page questionnaire that he plans to use to narrow down his search and to enable him to find the perfect match.

Of course, as with life itself and all good romances, his course will not run smooth, and perhaps he will find his match where he least expects to.

Full of quirkiness and gentle humour, I found I really warmed to Don, and was hoping he’d find someone who ‘got him’ as he was, without him having to compromise too much of what made him interesting.

At a speed dating event, Don tries to apply his criteria to the women he meets:

Rather than ask about IQ, I decided to make an estimate based on Olivia’s responses to questions about historical impact of variations of susceptebility to syphilis across South American populations. We had a fascinating conversation, and I felt that the topic might even allow me to slip in the sexually transmitted diseases question.

I often sense the square pegs in our community feel pressured to fit in, when their unique take on life and their way of view of the world adds to society as a whole and to the lives of those around them.Search catalogue for The Curious incident

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, as I am, you’ll see a little of Sheldon in Don. It seems I’ve come across a few autistic spectrum heroes in my reading and viewing lately. The Bridge, a Scandinavian television crime drama, has a wonderful female lead, Saga Noren, whose detective brilliance is not bound by emotion or ties to others.

Of course there is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. A wonderful murder mystery, narrated by Christopher Boone who has Aspergers.

The Rosie Project was a fun read, it had a light touch, driven by a search for love and acceptance and with an ending that made me go awww.

Have you read great books or watched movies about people who think outside the square, or refuse to fit the dreaded square hole? Do share!

7 thoughts on “A Brain of a different hue

  1. mothercat2013 16 April 2013 / 9:13 am

    Thank you for that recommendation – I’ve just put a hold on The Rosie Project – obviously others have the same idea, as I see I’m no. 63 on the list! :)

  2. linda blackwell 16 April 2013 / 12:29 pm

    I am waiting to read the rosie project,i was the 70th on the list 5 weeks ago,now about 45 i think the library should get more books as 16 is not enough.Its had good reviews,so will be a big hit

  3. purplerulz 16 April 2013 / 1:02 pm

    It will be worth the wait! You could read ‘The Curious Incident…’ while you wait perhaps?

    • linda blackwell 16 April 2013 / 2:24 pm

      thankyou i will check that book out

  4. Joy 16 April 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Its on my list thanks Purp. The cover alone made it a starter now this confirms my instincts.

  5. Joy 16 April 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Oh, I just finished a non-fiction book “Manic”. Definitely a square peg and Terri Cheney battled to fit into that round hole. Nicely written, no woe is me nor was it too depressing for me anyway. It took some time and experience before she “accepted” the accuracy of the diagnosis. An insight into a brain functioning quite differently from most.


  6. Sally 17 April 2013 / 8:17 am

    I have just finished reading this book before getting up this morning. It was a bright light on a dreary week. A fun approach to the differences in people and a very edearing main character in Don.

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