The Idea of Perfection - Kate Grenville


This won the Orange Prize - I'm not sure why, when it was up against 'The Blind Assassin'. Perhaps they hadn't had an Australian novel win for while. The author takes such pains to paint her creations as ordinary people that they become freakish and remote. Nobody seems capable of having a normal conversation because they spend so much time worrying about the implications of every word. Still, some parts are fairly amusing, and it's quite informative about small-town Australian life.

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