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The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Woodlands Reading Group:

Some of the group found this hard going due mainly to lack of speech marks making conversation and thought hard to follow. The book gives an excellent picture of outback Australian townships. Very well written with a slow moving development of characters. Well worth persevering with.

Rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville”

  1. Review by Accentors Book Group:
    This book is about a small town in the middle of nowhere, where nothing happens. However, it brilliantly concentrates on the individual personalities of the characters. Frequently funny and poignant.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Chandlers Ford Wednesday Reading Group:
    We enjoyed the descriptions which evoked the era. Thought it might be a rather miserable book but found the humour good. A very apt title.
    Star rating: ***+

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