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The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
Author: J. K. Rowling
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 fašade is a town at war. — Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316228589
ISBN-10: 0316228583
Publication Date: 7/18/2013
Pages: 512
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
I gave up on this book a little less than half way in. It's strange because I didn't necessarily dislike it, I just couldn't get motivated to keep going. Rowling's writing is beautiful and vivid but the wordiness made it a slow, difficult read. I didn't find any of the characters likable and couldn't seem to get invested in the story.
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Helpful Score: 4
I listened to the audio book version and loved it. Yes, there are lots of characters, and I had to pay close attention to the reader to sort them all out. I found myself liking the foul-mouthed Crystal and hoping she would make it and be able to find a way out of her horrible life just as her rowing coach, Barry Fairbrother, had done. I think Rowling's characters' development was well done; as you progress, you see their personalities take shape. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I was surprised to find the first non-Harry Potter book, by their author, offered by PBS. As an 82 year old reader, I enjoyed the movies so wanted to give this book a try. I found it long winded and trite, I'm sorry to say. It is a long book and I plodded along through it, thinking it couldn't get any worse. It did!

I would suggest that Mrs. Rowling stick to writing about little children riding on brooms instead of using her popularity to rope in readers because of prior popularity.
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Helpful Score: 2
Characters are very well-developed and the book makes a solid point but it moves at an excessively slow pace with very little action. I really had to want to work to get through it.
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Helpful Score: 2
I could not finish this book. Was so long and truthfully it was boring. Hard to keep the characters connected.
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I liked this book a great deal. Yes, it is not anything like the Harry Potter series ( and I consider myself a Harry Potter fan). Yes, it's a departure from what JK Rowling has previously given us. This book is well written, dark and gritty. I found it intriguing.

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