Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

I found The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling to be a bit like the curate's egg – good in parts.  I found it difficult to get into – there were so many different characters and locations sort of popping up briefly and moving swiftly along – I felt the beginning of the book could have done with being a little bit more fleshed out – and maybe a map and list of characters (like you find in a Jilly Cooper novel) would have been a help.

The writing itself was very good – as you would expect.

The last part of the book was quite gripping.  But somehow the last little bit of it was a let down in that it seemed to come to a very sudden end.

I am glad I read it – but a warning – it is pretty "gritty" and if you don't like a little sex or bad language in a book, this book is not for you.  

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  1. sad! I was hoping her latest installment would be better


  2. I read a sample of The Casual Vacancy on my kindle and was disappointed by what I read. I'm not averse to profanity but when one of the characters called his mother the c word that was enough for me. Too bad.


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