So good to be in Don Tillman's head again! Still the most unique and compelling lead character I have ever read. ‘The Rosie Result’ is the third book in the Don Tillman trilogy by Australian author Graeme Simsion. Other than job applications and performance reviews, life is virtually perfect for Don, Rosie and young Hudson in New York.
Yet fast forward eight months and a job-related transfer to Melbourne has unsettled Hudson, now eleven... which now Don rates this the most severe of the five problems that he has identified as affecting his overall contentment. From page one, Don is in fine voice and his one liners and unique perspective of the world makes this unputdownable...
Rosie as always is a great foil to Don’s uniqueness ... “I said when I married you that I was expecting constant craziness, so I'd be letting us both down if I said no.”
While Don provides the reader with plenty of humour, Simsion also uses events, and the family’s reaction to them, to explore the myriad of issues surrounding autism.
A highly enjoyable read, just delightful. I shall miss Don, Rosie, Hudson and their friends.
The Rosie Result is a great finale to the "Rosie" novels. I have read all three of the "Rosie" novels and formed a strong connection to the characters along the way. This is a result of the great skill of the author. I found the books easy to read given the quality of the writing and the interest the author ensured I kept in finding out what happened next. The author takes you on a journey with the characters as they figure out a way to make their life meaningful and happy. I had a lot of fun reading the book and I commend this book to anyone.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoy reading the continuing adventures of Professor Don Tillman, and his struggles to combat bias and prejudice, I am somewhat surprised by how intolerant he is of me, and some of the trite and generalistic conclusions and observations he makes regarding what I consider to be some of my core life choices. This is even more surprising in light of the fact that neither he, nor his creator have in fact, ever met me. It is the only disappointment that I have with, what have otherwise been, excellent books.
A fantastic read, as expected. Love the Tillman family whose lives are not just joyful,exciting and rich, they also guide us in how we might make better informed decisions, to see and value diversity and i refuse to understate the value of logic. Feeling sad the journey has ended but am enriched by the experience and offer heart felt thanks to the author for what was a joyous trilogy.
I haven't read it yet. Just this minute bought it. I have been waiting for seems like ages for # 3 thought it would never happen. Then I learn Graeme Simsion lives in Australia. Who knows, might bump into him one day. It won'y submit till I put a star rating so I'm giving it a *****
This is the third and, according to the author, final instalment in the Don Tillman series. In this book, Don decides to proactively help his awkward son, Hudson, fit in better at school. Don himself had problems fitting in and uses his own expertise to help his son. Hudson's school thinks he is on the autism spectrum and somehow see a formal diagnosis as being the correct thing to do. Don and Rosie are not so sure - a diagnosis can open up opportunities but labels can also damage. They decide against a test in the short term. Don sets up a lot of opportunities for Hudson to learn to deal with some of his issues but none of them turn out exactly as Don had thought they would. Eleven year old Hudson is working out his own way in the world and working out his own ways of dealing with how the rest of the world sees him and he's heading off towards his own future with eyes on prizes Don hadn't ever dreamed of for him.
This is a beautiful story about difference and acceptance and second chances. Having Don as the first person narrator means we get to see and hear what he sees and hears. His responses to questions are often not what the neurotypical questioners expect but make perfect sense to us from Don's perspective. We get to see from his non-neurotypical viewpoint as well as the neurotypical one at the same time and that can open up understanding in wonderful ways. If we had been outside Don looking in I don't think we would have got such a fresh perspective on his thinking. With him as first person we can empathise with everyone in the story.
It's a humorous story, deeply empathic, and deeply thought provoking. This is a series to read and reread.
And I'm not big on the promotional blurbs from others that recommend books but this book has some impressively big names speaking up for it. And I think their opinions are spot on.
There is a constant refrain in stories that feature autistic characters, written by non autistic people, that "Imagination is more important than research". With the final book in the Trilogy, Graeme has put his foot down to say, not in his words but my speculation 'Imagination is more important the research, but that's not an excuse to not do your research'
Here, the themes of alienation, fathers and sons, histories of ostracisation, and challenging notions of what the modern man should be are meditated on, and the result is funnier and a breezier read than a book promising to tackle all these topics would seem to possibly be able to do. As an autistic man, I was delighted in the character journey that Don goes through here. He went from a fun character to a fully fleshed out human being, grapling with an incredible balancing act of identity and leadership, while never loosing the wit that made the first novel stand out in the first place.
It is a delight to visit this world once more, even for the last time, and without giving away the ending, there is No Doubt that Don, Rosie, and Hudson's future is in the safest hands one could ask for. Thanks Graeme!