The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairweather 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... show more
When Barry Fairweather 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.
Publish date: September 27th 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 505
Edition language: English
I found it interesting the "hero" of this story is a dead man. The majority of the characters being developed are not very likeable. The teenagers are much more well developed than the older characters in my opinion. The story is really quite gripping initially and I powered through this book. Howev...
I started this book in May. MAY. I had the hardest time getting into it at first, the redundancy was murderizing my will to continue. I was going to quit, but I had read a few discussions about it, finding there were many people that were feeling the same way, but they were persuaded to keep goi...
I wish I hadn't waited so long to read this book. It's been sitting on my TBR list and I kept passing it up. Then I saw that HBO was making a mini-series out of it and I didn't want to watch it before I read it. What an incredible character study. Rowling connects the citizens in Pagford to one an...
Brief Background: The small country town of Pagford is shocked when Parish Councillor and well known townsman Barry Fairbrother suddenly dies of an aneurysm. In his absence, a seat on the local council is vacated and a race to fill it ensues between the factions concerned with social welfare, and th...
So I was a little slow getting around to reading this book. Honestly, it’s because the last four Harry Potter books felt, well, bloated to be honest. Well, this isn’t Harry Potter. It’s Jane Austen with teeth. And not vampire teeth either. It’s the claws that ...