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#Book Bingo 2019 Round 10: ‘Comedy’ – The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

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Book Bingo 2019 is a collaboration challenge I am completing with my favourite bloggers, Theresa Smith Writes and The Book Muse. Each Saturday, on a fortnightly basis, beginning on Saturday 5th January 2019, Ashleigh, Theresa and I will complete a book review post, outlining our respective bingo card entries. The Book Bingo 2019 card contains a total of 30 squares, which we will complete over the course of the year, with the aim to complete the whole card by the end of December. Two of the Book Bingo entries this year will be flexible, so that means it is completely down us as to when we post these entries, to ensure all 30 are ticked off by the end of the year. Do keep an eye out on our respective blog sites for our bonus round entries!  To keep things interesting for ourselves and those following along with us, the choice of bingo square to be covered will be entirely down to us, there is no crossover – that is planned anyway! However, as Ashleigh, Theresa and I enjoy similar books, especially books by Australian women writers, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up with more than one book double up, as was the case in 2018! We invite you to join us in this fun book related challenge, by linking your bingo card entries in the comments section of this post, tagging us on social media, or by visiting The Book Muse and Theresa Smith Writes.


I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…the rosie resul small

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in Australia after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important challenge.

Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward and not fitting in. Don’s spent a lifetime trying to fit in—so who better to teach Hudson the skills he needs?

The Hudson Project will require the help of friends old and new, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and how much to let him be himself, and raise some significant questions about his own identity.

Meanwhile, there are multiple distractions to deal with: the Genetics Lecture Outrage, Rosie’s troubles at work, estrangement from his best friend Gene…

And opening the world’s best cocktail bar.

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the much-loved and internationally bestselling Rosie trilogy.

Review:

In 2013, The Rosie Project landed on bookshelves. It caused a sensation, it was published worldwide and made Graeme Simsion, the author, a household name. What The Rosie Project did for many was give a voice to those with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. For the third and final book in the popular Don Tillman series, The Rosie Result, Don and his wife Rosie allow their son, Hudson, to take centre stage. The Tillman family face some hard truths, with often hilarious, but heart-warming results.

The Rosie Result follows on from Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman’s life in Australia after their decade long stint in New York. With them is their eleven year old son Hudson, who is having difficulty adjusting to school life. Hudson’s father, Don, knows all too well how hard it is to fit in and he makes it his mission to help his son as best he can. What results is ‘The Hudson Project’, which requires that Don look into his own personal journey, while at the same time reaching out for help from old friends and making new acquaintances. While assisting his son, Don completes a process of self examination, and it reveals as much about himself as his son. This journey Don undertakes also sees him simultaneously deal with a professional crisis, assist his wife Rosie to overcome an unfair work issue, extend his bar interests and deal with a broken friendship. Witty, sharp, nuanced and in touch with modern thinking, The Rosie Result is the final chapter in a series that has been embraced wholeheartedly by readers everywhere.

I have a been a follower of the Rosie/Don Tillman series since I read the first book for my book club, when it was published in 2013. I read the follow up, The Rosie Effect and I was keen to finish off the series with The Rosie Result. It seems a little sad to say goodbye to Don, Rosie and their company, but having enjoyed Graeme Simsion’s other standalone work I am sure we have plenty to look forward to from Mr Simsion.

I decided to select The Rosie Result, for Book Bingo 2019. I needed a comedy based book to fulfil the requirements of one of the bingo categories. I know from my experience in the past with Graeme Simsion’s work that I am always guaranteed some laughs. The Rosie Result didn’t quite deliver the level of hilarity I was expecting, but nevertheless, this novel was charming as well as amusing in places. I didn’t explode in laughter, but I did snigger, mostly due to Don’s direct tone, blunt remarks, unusual escapades and sticky binds.  I actually felt bad in places laughing at Don this time around. I didn’t like the idea that I was laughing at him. I think in this age, we are much more conscious of our treatment of those who are a little outside the box. Don has never had an official diagnosis for his behaviour, but I still felt a little uncomfortable to be honest, poking fun of his difficulties in negotiating the world around him.

That problem aside, Simsion provides an insightful and balanced glimpse into a child dealing with possible Autism. Simsion adequately assesses all points of view in Hudson’s life. These perceptions include Hudson’s parents, grandparents, the school community, professionals and friends. What I also appreciated about this well rounded take on Autism, was how Simsion seized this opportunity to debunk a number of resounding myths circulating in our community about Autism. The focus on key factors determining its root cause sat well with me. Simsion really is champion for the cause, raising the awareness of his audience of the hard road travelled by the many Don Tillman’s out there.

An excellent periphery character set rounds off The Rosie Result. These include old favourites and returning characters, as well as new friends and foes. I did enjoy the sequences highlighting the inequality faced by Rosie in the workplace, I think this will sit well with many readers. In addition, I did sympathise with Hudson’s new school friend, who enables us to see how visual disability is treated in the school system, as well as the wider community. There are plenty of complex and serious issues covered in The Rosie Result that are dealt with in a respectful, but enlightening tone.

Graeme Simsion draws his popular Rosie series to a close in a fitting manner. The Rosie Result is a staple read for fans of the series, and it will appeal to newcomers to the life of Don Tillman.

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion was published on 5th February 2019 by Text Publishing. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Rosie Result, Graeme Simsion, visit here.

*Book #5 of the 2019 Aussie male author challenge.

 

 

 

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