Monday, December 31, 2012

The Casual Vacany

I’ve had the past week off of work which has allowed me to not only have the best time ever being completely worthless but to also catch up on some reading. One of the books I really wanted to get around to was J. K. Rowling’s latest book The Casual Vacancy. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and was excited she wrote an adult book this time. Naturally I bought it the day it came out, but it’s been sitting on my shelf staring at me to read it ever since. I’m so glad I finally picked it up. I thoroughly enjoyed all 500 pages. It follows several different characters that are all connected through a small town. Many of the characters are not likable, good people yet she still makes their stories interesting and entertaining. The characters come from a variety of backgrounds providing some nice social commentary on how the different classes interact and view one another. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to see what J. K. Rowling does next. Here’s a synopsis of the book.

When Barry Fairbrother 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.

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