J.K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy
Released: 27/09/2012 Little, Brown & CoAfter a decade's worth of Hogwarts-related commercial success, Rowling is now bidding to gain a toehold on fiction for adults with this dark, comic novel. With its main contents under lock and key for now, naturally, the few plot titbits provided suggest small-town politics as Barry Fairbrother's death sparks competition for his vacant parish council seat. For more information visit: http://www.littlebrown.co.uk/TheCasualVacancy Buy: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/j-k-+rowling/the+casual+vacancy/91…
Evening Standard“A punishing read...” Much can be deduced from The Casual Vacancy about why Rowling wanted to escape into fantasy and why she seems so brittle still, after such unparalleled success. Harry Potter fans may long for a few more unicorns, though...
Scotsman“Far grittier, bleaker (and, occasionally, funnier) than I had expected...” Although she is no great stylist – her prose is seldom more than serviceable – her portrait of Pagford has coherence, integrity and, especially in the set-pieces where we see the characters en masse, a delicious interconnectedness...
The Independent“Slowed down by its fussy class geography and wheezing plot-motor...” Rowling's writing, which can be long-winded and laborious in the clunkily satirical set-pieces, picks up passion, verve and even magic with Krystal and the other adolescents...
Guardian“Intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny...” The Casual Vacancy is no masterpiece, but it's not bad at all...The fanbase may find it a bit sour, as it lacks the Harry Potter books' warmth and charm; all the characters are fairly horrible or suicidally miserable or dead...
The Telegraph“An uneven, often harrowing book...” It feels as if the author has unleashed all the swearing, sex and vitriol that have been off-limits to her since Harry Potter...As for the ending, dear God, it is so howlingly bleak that it makes Thomas Hardy look like PG Wodehouse...
Publishers Weekly“Rolls toward its awful, logical climax with aplomb...” Minus the magic, though, good and evil are depressingly human, and while the characters are all well drawn and believable, they aren’t much fun...
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