The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville

416 pages first pub 1999 (editions)

fiction contemporary funny lighthearted reflective medium-paced


Douglas Cheeseman is a big-eared engineer who avoids his own reflection and has bored his wife into leaving him. Newly single, he’s the sort of man you’d never look at twice. Harley Savage is a large, raw-boned, abrasive woman who's been through t...

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reflective 72%
emotional 45%
funny 45%
hopeful 36%
lighthearted 36%
relaxing 9%


slow 57%
medium 42%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 15%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 61% | Yes: 38%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 8%

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