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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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Mar 22, 13

Read from October 03 to 15, 2012

TCL Call #: F Rowling J

Madeleine - 5 stars
Weird to have such disparity in the reviews.
When I first started reading this I had ill bodings. A book about small town politics? What a yawn. But lo and behold, it turned out to be a book that I stayed up past bedtime to read one more chapter - and I cannot even explain to you why.
This book would definitely fall into Marisa's From the Back of the Stacks radio program (http://tclib.org/index.php/books/audi...) where she asks if it's possible to like a book and hate its characters. Yes! I did not like ANY of the characters. They were small and petty and too too familiar and yet I constantly wondered what would happen next to them. The adults were as awful as the teens and yet their stories drew me in.
I think Rowling has an amazing way to tell the small stories. The ones you never read about in books but are the most recognizable.

Dimmie's rating: 1 star
I too was disappointed with this book. It lacked the imagination of the Harry Potter books and the character development was very dry. I did not finish reading the book but waded through 100 pages. I had no curiosity to go on.


Julia's Rating: 1 star
I am disappointed to say that J.K. Rowling's latest publication was a rather dreadful read. I vacillated between giving it one star or two and decided on one because really and truly I didn't much like this book. And, I certainly would not hurry to recommend that anyone else read it.

I did, in fact, read the book in all its 500 pages. So there's that. But, if it were not for the fact that J.K. Rowling has undeniable talent, then I would have stopped reading around page 200.

The problem's not the writing so much as what the writing's about - the characters are so unappealing, the plot so unexciting. It's as if Rowling sought to conjure up people at their most small-minded, petty, selfish, weak-willed and gossipy. It's a hyperbolic caricature of the Durselys of 4 Privet Drive - Muggles to the max.

I'll grant that Rowling presented no pretense that this book would be stepping into the same - or even a distantly related - realm of magic as the Harry Potter series. But, frankly, real life has more magic than "The Casual Vacancy" allows.
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AdultFiction Teton County Library I totally agree with Julia's review. Not only was I disappointed, I did not read all of the book.


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