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The Casual Vacancy

Rowling, J. K. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Casual Vacancy


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The early death of a small town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford, which rapidly deteriorates in the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes, and a volatile election.
Authors: Rowling, J. K.
Title: The casual vacancy
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 503 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: The early death of a small town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford, which rapidly deteriorates in the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes, and a volatile election.
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ISBN: 0316228583
9780316228589
0316228532
9780316228534
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Report This Feb 11, 2014
  • brianreynolds rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

** spoiler alert ** I’ve never ticked “spoiler alert” before this nor have I ever read a Harry Potter book. It seems that J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy deserves the former so that readers can discover for themselves the quiet unravelling of that rarest of archetypes: the modern tragedy. Readers of this book also deserve some sort of magic wand capable of un-pigeonholing an author so widely acclaimed as the wizard of romance. It was no surprise from an author whose voice has mesmerized children world-wide for a decade, to find the most interesting characters in this novel were teens. It was a very pleasant surprise to find the protagonist was an entire town, an ambitious task and a gripping ebb and flow of plot from at least a half dozen disparate families. The interwoven ambitions, weaknesses, and frailties of characters too numerous to count was daunting, but without doubt, worth the effort. Pagford came alive for me. The further I read, the more clearly I saw how sick and how self-deluded this character had become, how desperately it needed a Harry Potter to appear and shake things up, expose the rot, heal the wounds. Of course, Harry Potter wasn’t on the menu. Instead, a scapegoat is chosen, or rather choses herself. The most interesting of the town’s inhabitants, though not one with more copy than the others nor more claim to moral righteousness, Krystal Weedon, through neglect allows her brother to die and then takes her own life. It is this event, as much as the death of Lear or Hamlet, Romeo or Julliette, that shocks and shames the protagonist into a more open, more humane, more productive view of the world. This was a very good read, a skilfully crafted work of fiction that hit hard and had much more to say to adult readers than who’s going to win an election.

Report This Dec 25, 2013
  • HannaBanana41 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

As much fun as her books are about Harry Potter, I can't say I liked this one very much, and now I see I'm not the only one that felt that way. I stopped reading it quickly as there are too many other good books to read and enjoy. Maybe "Harry Potter" is all J.K. Rowling had in her, and it was enough!

Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • frankbrwhite rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

frank What a disappointment...I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter books which I consider a good read even for a senior like me...but this book is in my opinion nothing but garbage...

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I really hope that this book is not a true representation of what people are actually like in their own heads. As another reviewer has stated "Children who hate their parents, parents who loathe their children, spouses who detest each other, in-laws who cannot stand each other, neighbours forever trying to one-up each other, co-workers vowing vengeance, addicts living in filth, etc." At times I found it a very difficult read to continue but I just kept hoping that their would be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Report This Oct 14, 2013
  • nightshift rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Did you ever have a person in university or high school that would sit and write a paper with a thesaurus beside them and uses as many $20 words that they can find in place of $2 words in the hopes of sounding deep and intelligent? this is that type of book. Mindless, packed with extravagantly useless words and ideas. Some writers say so much using few words, whereas she has managed to say absolutely nothing with many a big word. Was like listening to a person at dinner who talks alot and doesn't realize that people have stopped listening and are just fighting to stay awake. Only good point was that it put me to sleep quite quickly many a night.

Report This Oct 11, 2013
  • rhurkens rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

After reading this book, one has a better understanding of why the English are forever murdering each other on programs like "Midsomer Murders". Children who hate their parents, parents who loathe their children, spouses who detest each other, in-laws who cannot stand each other, neighbours forever trying to one-up each other, co-workers vowing vengeance, addicts living in filth, etc. Not a pleasant read.

Report This Oct 01, 2013
  • Windsorite_Wanderer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterfully written novel about social justice and the real issues facing children who grow up in abject poverty. Brilliantly done in a style that creates suspense about the character lives and inserts modern themes like online bullying and economic distress. I couldn't put it down.If you are looking for magic and fantasy this isn't for you. However, it shows why J.K. Rowling is as successful an author as she is, because her talent for story-telling shines through.

I only got through the first 50 pages of this before giving up. This was a very disappointing read; very slow and tedious.

Report This Sep 19, 2013
  • SJP_Prime rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It would have been a better novel if it was 100-150 pages less. Too wordy at the start.

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • LovesBees rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was about the village I grew up in in the UK. If the Vicar was having an affair with the Primary school headmistress it would have been a perfect match!

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How awful it was, though Tessa, remembering Fats the toddler, way tiny ghosts of your living children haunted your heart; they could never know, and would hate it if they did, how their growing was a constant bereavement.

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