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Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 The Idea of Perfection
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Set in the eccentric backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, this is the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a shy and clumsy engineer who meets Harley Savage, a woman who is known for being rather large and abrupt. Harley Savage is a plain, rawboned woman, a part-time museum curator and quilting expert with three failed marriages and a heart condition. Douglas Cheeseman is a shy, gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, one marriage gone sour, and a crippling lack of physical courage. Seeming to be incompetent was something Douglas did to protect himself, just as having a "dangerous streak" served the same purpose for Harley. Douglas is there to pull down a quaint old bridge and Harley aims to foster heritage. They are clearly on a collision course - but when they meet they are unaware that something unexpected is going to happen. (Source: Trove)

 

Notes

  • Dedication: For Tom and for Alice with love
  • Epigraph: 'An arch is two weaknesses which together make a strength.' - Leonardo da Vinci
  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2002.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Picador , 1999 .
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      Extent: 401p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0330361775, 0330362062
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      Picador ,
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      Extent: 401p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0330392611
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Viking ,
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      Extent: 401p.
      ISBN: 0670030805 (acid-free paper)
    • London,
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      Picador ,
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      Extent: 1v.p.
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      • Published October 2017.

      ISBN: 9781509823420, 1509823425
Alternative title: Dromen van volmaaktheid
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Arena ,
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      Extent: 382p.
      ISBN: 9069744414

Works about this Work

y Texts and Textiles : Affect, Synaesthesia and Metaphor in Fiction Diana Mary Eva Thomas , Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2017 11791282 2017 multi chapter work criticism

'This study shows how fiction that makes use of textiles as an essential element utilizes synaesthetic writing and synaesthetic metaphor to create an affective link to, and response in, the reader. These links and responses are examined using affect theory from Silvan Tomkins and Brian Massumi and work on synaesthesia by Richard Cytowic, Lawrence Marks, and V.S. Ramachandran, among others. Synaesthetic writing, including synaesthetic metaphors, has been explored in poetry since the 1920s and, more recently, in fiction, but these studies have been general in nature. By narrowing the field of investigation to those novels that specifically employ three types of hand-crafted textiles (quilt-making, knitting and embroidery), the book isolates how these textiles are used in fiction. The combination of synaesthesia, memory, metaphor and, particularly, synaesthetic metaphor in fiction with textiles in the text of the case studies selected, shows how these are used to create affect in readers, enhancing their engagement in the story.

'The work is framed within the context of the history of textile production and the use of textiles in fiction internationally, but concentrates on Australian authors who have used textiles in their writing. The decision to focus on Australian authors was taken in light of the quality and depth of the writing of textile fiction produced in Australia between 1980 and 2005 in the three categories of hand-crafted textiles – quilt-making, knitting and embroidery. The texts chosen for intensive study are: Kate Grenville’s The Idea of Perfection (1999, quilting); Marele Day’s Lambs of God (1997, knitting) and Anne Bartlett’s Knitting (2005, knitting); Jessica Anderson’s Tirra Lirra by the River (1978, embroidery) and Marion Halligan’s Spider Cup (1990, embroidery).' (Publication summary)

Constructions of Nation and Gender in The Idea of Perfection Sue Kossew , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 153-166)
Bridges and Troubled Waters Carol Merli , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Who Cares? 2007; (p. 123-133)
Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
The article examines the portrayal of female characters and the female voice in the novels of Kate Grenville.
A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Ruth Arndt , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Bridget Brooklyn , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Jack Palmer , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Bron Sibree , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Country Strife Sally Morrison , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , August vol. 4 no. 7 1999; (p. 3,27)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel ; Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley 1999 single work novel
The Wood from the Trees : Taxonomy and the Eucalypt as the New National Hero in Recent Australian Writing Susan K. Martin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 3 no. 2004; (p. 81-94)
Explores the cultural circulation of the Eucalyptus as represented in a variety of recent Australian texts.
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
The article examines the portrayal of female characters and the female voice in the novels of Kate Grenville.
Australian 'Everymans' : Post-Medieval Spiritual Adventurers Margaret Rogerson , 2005-2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 81-97)
Margaret Rogerson demonstrates types of medievalism in Australian literature, through a discussion of the deployment of the 'everyman' figure.
Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
Bridges and Troubled Waters Carol Merli , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Who Cares? 2007; (p. 123-133)
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