Are you enjoying what you’re reading right now? I just finished The Rosie Project this weekend, and loved it so much. I was assured that it was HILARIOUS, and that wasn’t really the case for me, but it was still great reading. I’ll wait to give a longer review in September after I’ve thought about it some more (and after everyone’s had a chance to read it– it’s only August 5th, after all). But I do have questions I want to talk about from this novel, so I thought I’d post them here (and on facebook), and get a chance to hear what you all think. Think of them as discussion questions, if that helps. 🙂 There very well may be SPOILERS BELOW. Maybe wait til you’ve read the book to look at my questions?
1. I’ve noticed a few works in the last 10-ish years that are told from the point of view of someone with something like an autism spectrum disorder in addition to this one– the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are the two that immediately come to mind. Using an “outsider” to tell a story isn’t a new thing. Speculative fiction is famous for doing this because it gives the author a plausible reason for explaining how their imagined world works. Using someone with mental problems isn’t new either (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, anything by Poe), but Don isn’t, you know, a sociopath or future serial killer or anything, and The Rosie Project isn’t meant to be a thriller. So my question is: what is it about this point of view that helps the writer tell a better story? Each of the stories I’ve mentioned have involved highly emotionally charged issues and situations. Is there something in our culture that requires this narrative distance?
2. Don made a concerted effort to change for Rosie. Did Rosie do any changing for Don? Do you think we should change for our partners? Do you think it happens anyway?
3. At the end of the book, Don and Rosie decide to move to New York City together. Don calls this starting over, or a fresh start, or something like that. Do you think it’s necessary to leave home, however you want to define that, in order to change? Do you think it’s possible to never leave home and yet grow and develop one’s character?