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 facade 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 ...
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 facade 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? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
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Loved the Potter books but this book is a disaster. Too many characters and none worth caring about. Boring, who-cares plot and sexist language. I've put it down and picked it up so many times trying to finish it. Not implying Rowling isn't a good writer, she is, but this book ranks zero on an interest level. It's almost like she tried too hard to take herself out of the YA (young adults) genre and into more main-stream adult literature, but it doesn't work.
Nov 21, 2013
This book was tedious and awful. She showed her true moral colors. I was leery of her as a childrens writer. After reading 100 pages of low class immoral degenerate thoughts and actions by so many of the characters, i said ...."Enough of this trash"
Anna Lovise S
Aug 29, 2013
I really liked this book. I loved how all of the characters had flaws but were still likeable in some ways.
Jun 1, 2013
This book was exceptionally boring. Couldn't get past 50 pages. Who cares about the person who died. Very disjointed. Don't waste your time.
May 30, 2013
Harry Potter Fans BEWARE!
If you are hoping the story will draw you in like JK Rowling's Harry Potter Series, you will be sadly mistaken . . . an interesting story about a "casual vacancy" available due to a death, but not enough to suffer through a series of connections between small town inhabitants . . . if JK Rowling hadn't written such fabulous books before this, I doubt I would have bothered to purchase any of her publications in the future.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-12-24 What secrets lurk in the hearts of the residents of Pagford? This is the central question in Rowling's dark novel that charts the cutthroat competition for an empty seat on the town council. In this audio edition, the challenge for narrator Tom Hollander is the book's varied cast, which features a dozen main characters and many minor ones-all requiring unique voices and accents. Additionally challenging is the fact that Rowling's characters often act one way in public and another way-a rather horrid way-in private. Much to his credit, Hollander handles all of this with great aplomb, whether he's voicing the boozy Samantha, her pompous father-in-law, or Fats, a skinny teenager who very well might be a sociopath. Hollander exhibits particular skill creating a full range of voices for the book's male characters, e.g., the timid squeaks of the commitment-phobic Gavin and the curt, deep grunts of duplicitous Simon Price. Hollander's narration captures the sardonic wit of the novel, animating the author's acerbic observations of human weakness with intelligence and style. Hollander even sings, offering a solid rendition of "Morning Has Broken" in a pivotal funeral scene. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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