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The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling: Book Review

If you are a potter head and pick up the book with something like this going on in your head:

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YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED.

Let us start this review by what this book is NOT

1) It is NOT Harry Potter or anything related to magic.

2) It is NOT  murder mystery even though it starts like one.

Now that this is clear, let us start with the review, shall we?

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

A Big Story About A  Small Town

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the small 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 facade 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 first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish 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?

The complexities that Rowling has given to each person who lives in Pagford and fields, somehow makes it very real.

The best thing bout this book is there are no heroes or villains, no good people and bad people, just normal people trying to do what they feel is right for them.

Besides this, this is the first book that I have come across by a foreign author, who has Indian characters in the book, characters that are “Indian” having inherent “Indian” qualities that one can relate to.

Quotable Quote of this book:

“It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.”

All in all a great read (Especially towards the end)!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

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