The Idea of Perfection

The Idea of Perfection

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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
Publisher: London : Picador, 2000.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780330392617
Branch Call Number: FIC Grenv
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 20 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

A funny and thought-provoking look at a small Australian town, with two people who fall in love in an awkward, sweet way. Out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites something unexpected happens—something better than perfection.

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Nov 22, 2014

Loved this read. You will recognize yourself and others in the characters. Poignant and amusing. Thumbs up.

31foster May 30, 2012

As the subject headings suggest, Kate Grenville's novel is about a bridge, an engineer and a heritage conservastionist. The bridge and its preservation is the source of controversy in the tiny New South Wales town of Karakarook. Douglas Cheeseman, a man who loves the precision of engineering and finely crafted building, is acutely aware of his own imperfections and of those in the bridge he is sent to replace. Harley Savage, maker of strangely imperfect quilts, finds the discards which are the true heritage artifacts of Karakarook. The connection, the bridge building, between the two is told in finely crafrted prose.
A delight to read.

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