Review: J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”
I only read this one because it got three rave reviews on the farm and my opinion was specifically sought. Accordingly, my opinion: Not worth reading. It’s pacy, she’s obviously set up a plot full of conflict, but all of the characters seem to be more-or-less clichéd cretins, I’m unmoved by their issue, and neither the writing nor the premise have originality or charm to recommend them. Negligible fluff. Abandoned.
Where it came from: JI’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading: Two attempts, total of 70-odd pages; little has stuck in my mind
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: An overplayed small-town soap opera – KS sneers that it’s a book version of East Enders
Who I’d recommend it to: Nope
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch;The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon;Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler