The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy – J K Rowling.

The Casual vacancy is described as being a big novel about a small town. Here’s what the blub has to say:

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

The fact that JKRowling’s writing style is exactly the same as her other books was both delightful and distracting in equal measure. Delightful because it shows that she can exercise her voice without it being about Hogwarts and distracting because I flailed at every f bomb and adult scene because, well, it reads like a Harry Potter book.
In fact the opening reminded me so much of the goblet of fire that it took a while to fully comprehend that this wasn’t a Harry Potter story.
That said though I did really enjoy this- its a character piece rather than a singular driven story and how those characters all effect each other. I genuinely enjoyed this kudos JK, you wanted to write an adult novel that couldn’t be more different from HP if it tried and you succeeded.

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