When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, 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 at 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.
©2012 J.K. Rowling (P)2012 Hachette Audio
This was the best book I have ever read. Every character has a complete arc, a foil, and the plot is wonderfully intricate and startling. This book occupies my thoughts, and feels so real, I swear I'd just come out of Pagford.
It is Rowling's masterpiece.
teacher & book lover
This book has many, many characters, and I really didn't like any of them. I read this because I loved Harry Potter, but this is NOT that. I really disliked this book, as did every person in m book club. It was voted the worst book of the year by the group.
I read this because I enjoyed JK's HP series so much, I thought I'd check out her other works of fiction. This book follows the intricate relationships of an old town trying to resist the changing times. I found it immensely interesting, and found myself having a vested interest in the characters. Lots of twists and turns...but as it builds, it becomes harder to turn away from it.
Rowling proves she can write beyond Harry Potter in this very grownup story! Loved her detailed descriptions of interesting characters, and especially loved the storyline of Terry and her troubled kids Crystal and Donnie. She understands the many layers of poverty and the social ills that go along with it. Very much enjoyed this book!
it took too long for the story to start moving
2 hours into the story and we are still into the character development
after 3 hours I stopped listening
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
This is a Chick Flick in book form. I'm sure there are people out there that will love this book, but I am not one of them. This is the first book I've read where there was not a single character I didn't dislike. Most books I read there are usually at least a couple of characters that I would enjoy hanging out with if I met them in real life. Not this one. All the people in the story are well developed and personalities are complete. The interactions of the characters are believable and follow a certain logic for their personalities if that makes sense to you. I just didn't like any of them. But if you like to explore interpersonal relationships among a group of antagonists this is a book for you. And for all the Guys out there Do Something HARD...read this book to the end...BE A MAN. lol OK no more beer for me.
A better more followable story line.
That it is just moving in too many directions and the storyline is awful.
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