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le 17 juin 2013
Let me say - I read a LOT. But I'm in awe of this brilliant debut novel. So very original. Beautifully written. Laugh-out-loud funny. As fresh as...I know comparisons are odious...but it gave me the same feeling as reading something like "Hotel New Hampshire". Of course it has nothing to do with that John Irving novel...but the hero in The Rosie Project is just as quirky as some of Irving's characters (Remember the girl in the bear suit?).
The really refreshing and exciting thing is - this is written by an Australian (like me) but it's not the usual corny/cheesy Aussie stuff that I'm used to reading. This is an International novel. Its sophisticated and doesn't rely on clichés like Vegemite and bushfires and surf-lifesaving. While reading I kept forgetting it was set in Australia.
The other thing that struck me was the imagery. I felt I was watching a movie...while reading the book. What was that early Hugh Grant film? "Four Weddings and a Funeral" I think. This book had that feel. Remember when it started with Grant late for the wedding where he was best man and he kept saying "F*ck, f*ck, f*ck!"?
Love this book. Can't wait for the movie. But I hope to God they don't get Baz Luhrmann to direct it - it needs a grown-up.