The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling
Genre: Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Read: Oct 22 – 27


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When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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 parish 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?

My Thoughts

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling is a book that makes you work for the payoff. Through the first half of the book I was bored out of my mind but it’s freaking J K Rowling. I was waiting and waiting for things to get better. While the story line never really got better per se, my interest spiked immensely. The Casual Vacancy is a very serious book. It will make you think. It is so much more than a small town drama fiction novel. It’s publication in the US couldn’t have been more well timed. We face in a few weeks a big decision politically. The politics in The Casual Vacancy were centered around a low income development and the addiction clinic in a neighborhood between two small English towns.

The book is so much more than that. It isn’t boiled down to just politics. Rowling covers so much in her new novel that it’s almost enough to make your head spin. I do have to say that I’m happy to have checked the book out from our local library. I don’t know that it will be a book that I can ever read again but it is most assuredly a book I will be thinking about for years to come. If you decide to read this, you will need to invest some time because the first half of it is almost mind numbing with the tedium but the second half will blow you away.

I didn’t want to bring up Harry Potter because this is so clearly not in the same genre, but Rowling’s writing style shined through. The woman can write an ending. She brought every together so well at the end that she could have been concluding a great symphony. It was a beautiful, heart wrenching stroke of brilliance that you come to expect from J K Rowling.

8 responses to “The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling”

  1. I was curious about this one, I don’t know what I’ll do but I’m sure I’ll read it at the end. thanks for the review!


    1. I hope that you enjoy it if you do decide to read it. To me it was worth the investment. πŸ™‚


  2. I totally agree that her writing was spot-on. The woman can write an ending like no one else I know πŸ™‚ That being said–I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out what the point was LOL It took away from the enjoyment for me but I still would rate it a solid 3 for the first half and 5 for the second half πŸ™‚


    1. I am so with you! It also didn’t help that I thought I would be reading a murder mystery type book. I 100% agree with you. It was like reading two different books. The first 200 pages dragged and I know it was to set it up but the last 300 pages were SO good. πŸ™‚


  3. I have been surprised that I haven’t seen any reviews for this yet. I have curious about it but haven’t had a strong urge to read it. I don’t know that I would have the patience for it but since you liked it I might have to give it a try!


    1. It’s a hard review to write without giving any thing away and there’s a lot going on in the book too. If you do read it, I really hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚


  4. Sigh I sent this back to the library unread. I opened the book up to a few passages here and there and read them and didn’t think I could put myself through this.
    I really am not a fan of adult fiction so forcing myself to read something in a genre I can’t stand just didn’t sound like fun.

    I’m glad you really enjoyed this though, maybe one day I’ll change my mind πŸ™‚


    1. It was a pretty dark read but it was incredibly thought provoking. I loved it but you should definitely be in the mood for something a little heavy.


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