Book Review: The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

The Casual VacancyJ.K. Rowling   The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

So Rowling goes adult. And how. Gone is the magic of Hogwarts and Harry Potter. We are back in the real world. In the small town of Pagford where everyone knows everyone. But people are vicious to each other. Particularly parents to kids and as it turns out kids to parents. It seems Rowling retains a certain sympathy with her ex-primary audience – the kids. It’s a bit of a pattern of parents being mean to their kids. Despite a slow start, the story picks up pace quite quickly and then becomes a real gripper. Rowling has sold 450 million copies for a reason. Her characters are multidimensional and their behaviors, motivations and actions are compelling. In an earlier post, I made a comment about Eleanor Catton’s capability in creating characters with intricacies and layers. Rowling does that too. Gavin, Kyrstal, Mary Fairbrother and Miles are a few examples. The much talked about bad language? I didn’t find the book unusually profane – it had it’s share of ‘f’ words and sex but not more.

Recommendation: Read.

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