A big novel about a small town...
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 faÃ§ade 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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1 . didn't like it at all
Posted February 24, 2013 by harriet , norwalvery boring read. waste of time & money
2 . Great adult read
Posted November 19, 2012 by KaraMe , EdmontonI really liked this book. It lifts the cover off life in a small town and shows the true underbelly of people and their agendas. I know each of those characters in my own town. You can feel Rawling's anger and disappointment in this read.
3 . nice book
Posted November 16, 2012 by guest , VancouverI started reading in a bookstore and couldn't wait to get home to buy the ebook. glad I bought it, she definitely knows what she is doing.
Posted November 11, 2012 by richard Zeidler , MontrealA most disappointing book, especially after the block busters of Harry Potter.
Completely different. I only got through the first 100 pages before changing to another title.
5 . Disappointing read
Posted October 26, 2012 by Deb M. , CalgaryThe content of the book was disappointing because it was so totally uneventful and uninteresting. A real snooze. Was there a plot? Was there a message? Didn't seem so - just a waste of good reading time.
6 . Different story, same excellence
Posted October 19, 2012 by Peter , Lake WorthThis was a drastic step in a direction away from the Harry Potter series, and it was done brilliantly. The Casual Vacancy is painted with vivid imagery in regards to people's mannerisms, vernacular, thought, and action--in short, it is exceedingly real. So too is the gradual snowballing of events that lead to the story's climax; none of it seems farfetched or unnatural. From the get-go, I could not put this book down. As far as I am concerned, Rowling's manner of storytelling is excellent, regardless of the age of intended audience.
7 . Do not bother
Posted October 03, 2012 by Shelley , WindsorI could not get past page 50.....the book makes no sense......
8 . Hot fuzz anyone
Posted September 27, 2012 by Iain , BarrieThis sounds like a great story that we know will make a great movie in the next year. I am struck with Hot Fuzz in my head.
Little, Brown and Company
September 26, 2012
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