The Idea of Perfection

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Pan Macmillan, 2000 - Bridges - 401 pages
86 Reviews
By the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2001, this is a witty and tender romance that demonstrates that sometimes, unexpectedly, there can be something better than perfection.Grenville makes awkward atmospheres and fumbling encounters wonderfully vivid. Read it and cringe' The Times The Idea of Perfection is a funny and touching romance between two people who've given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort. Harley is in Karakarook to foster 'Heritage', and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one, they're on a collison course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens: sometimes even better than perfection. 'From these two reticent characters, besieged by two lifetimes of regret, doubt and dismay, Grenville manufactures an extraordinary comedy of manners, made all more powerful by her own reticence as a writer' Guardian 'Outrageously entertaining' Daily Mail 'Mined throughout with little pockets of danger and depth' Guardian 'A truly amazing writer' Rosie Boycott, chair of the Orange Prize jury

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Great characterisation and attention to detail. - Goodreads
I recommend as a love story with a twist. - Goodreads
Grenville is a remarkable writer. - Goodreads
Lowkey, easy to read, interesting ideas - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mack - Goodreads

I re read The Idea of Perfection because I remember absolutely loving this book. Set in a small town in the Australian bush, it's an amusing story in an atmosphere of awkwardness of a romance of two ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Cuthbert - Goodreads

I had not read any Australian fiction for some time and dipped back into it with the Orange Prize winner for 2001, Kate Grenville's “Idea of Perfection.” It is the kind of Australian novel that ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in 1950. She currently lives in Sydney. She is one of Australia┐s best-known authors. She is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers┐ Prize, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in London in 2015.

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