The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
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Description

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

Reviews

  • Another gem by a true master

    5
    By sharpae
    Rowling will go down in history as one of the literary giants. She has the ability to reach into the depths of human nature and show us that we are all human, flawed, decent, cruel, selfish, cowardly and brave.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    1
    By Boomer222
    Waste of money and time. Did not finish the book. J.K. Rowling better stick to writing about wizards.
  • Real

    5
    By ShereenMP
    Good book. It was hard to read simply because I found it brutally real.
  • A Casual Vacancy

    4
    By Pink Poppy
    This book introduces the reader to quaint, British, small town characters of diverse social class. A story formed by struggle and victory; it gives the reader an inside view of petty politics, mismatched love, and deep rooted anger.
  • Loved it

    5
    By mndelkins
    I'll admit it did take me a while to get in to but only because of all the characters. After I had them all done and started to understand who they are, I read and finished the book in three days. I've always been a fan of her books but I knew that this one is COMPLETELY different, hence ADULT NOVEL. I think she did a great job and what can you say she's a writer and she will write about anything she wants to write.
  • A Casual Vacancy

    5
    By Ashernite
    Wow, Ms. Rowling can write not only fantasy books, but also, great true to life novellas. I very seldom give 5 stars to a book, but I believe this deserves it. The characters are so everyday real, that you so strongly sympathize with them or you want to shake them with all you might. There is redemption for some characters, tragic ends for others. In the end, our lives are what WE make them to be!!
  • A Casual Vacancy

    4
    By dreglen
    Good read. I couldn't put it down.
  • Painful!

    1
    By Csurun
    I have always been the type of person that will finish a book even if it kills me! This one will kill me! Very disappointing considering her Potter books. Stick to what you do best. It's definitely not adult fiction. Yawn.
  • Casual vacancy

    3
    By Carleen Bohonos-Easter
    Very strong, yet tragic ending. Seemed to drag in middle.
  • Amazing

    5
    By RandomGirl123
    I like this book very much. I find it to be an interesting read, and an exceptionally well written work. It is easy enough to keep up with all of the major characters, even as the viewpoint is consistently changed through the course of the story. I think a lot of the negativity surrounding other reviews comes from a place where people were essentially looking for something along the same lines as Harry Potter, which, even if you have read only 25 pages, you know that this is not. Although they do seem to contend with some similar themes, TCV does it in a much more open way than HP as it's an adult book. Harry Potter is also very dark at times, but it's clouded by kid-friendly writing. This is not. People have also been saying that it is difficult to keep up with it, but it is an adult novel, so obviously it's going to be a tad more challenging than HP, which was originally meant for children (obviously having appealed to a much wider audience). I say, that if a fifteen year old can read it and take something away from it, so can you, and you'll be glad you did. :)

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