Monday, May 02, 2016

Philosophical Tuesday: The Rosie Project





Subtitle: Adding Randomness to your Life

Don is lecturer in genetics at a university in University in Melbourne, Australia. He is single, on the brink of his fortieth birthday and leads a highly ordered life dominated by routines, list, structures and timetables. You can count all his friends on the fingers of one finger, unless you include, Claudia, wife of his friend Gene, lecturer in evolutionary psychology. Claudia, a psychologist herself, is Don's ad hoc therapist. The story begins with Don substituting for Gene to deliver a lecture on Asperger's to facilitate Gene latest endeavor in philandering
(Quote from Review by Peeking Man on Amazon)


This is not so much a book review but merely a recommendation and suggestion.

The Backstory
Marcus would say that in our household we are proud of our structured and organised life.    We are tidy, mindful, and often planning and calculating our Purchases, decisions and life changes to a high degree.  This often involves the Internet and Google and a lot of discussion between Marcus and Agata.

But this book is an example of the lecturer Don who has taken this structure to a whole new level.

At first it had us scrambling to the Internet to see if we had Aspergers tendancies,  we were so impressed with the books introduction!


The Life Lesson
This book teaches Marcus an important life lesson and should not be forgotten:  Via Don's search and example and ultimate self questioning we find out that happiness can not be found within a shuttered daily routine.

What is needed is interaction with the world, with its randomness, its variety,  the unexpected, the sometimes chaotic.

And then by its guided interaction you will find the things and places you like, that you never imagined you could like, and hopefully the special friends, and that one special partner that makes your world come alive.

A great read,  and one that does not fall back on Imaginary Friends or some outdated social system to provide the answers.  It asks you to look inward and evaluate.

Recommended.


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion