Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: JK Rowling
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Publication date: 27 September 2012
Narrator: Tom Hollander
Source: Hardcover copy from Penguin Books
South Africa and audio book my own copy
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 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 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?
A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
I received a review copy of this book from Penguin Books South Africa last year and I was absolutely thrilled. JK Rowling taking on a new genre – how exciting!
Talking to my bookish friends, everyone had a different opinion. Some loved it, some hated it and some were not able to finish it. I was torn, did I want to invest so much time, just to hate it after a few chapters?
In the end, after reading some reviews, I decided to get the audio book to listen while doing some of my everyday chores. I am so glad I did. The book was so different for anything I have read before. I am not one for contemporary books but I was hooked. I wanted to know what happened to these poor, poor people. They have such terribly sad lifes.
I loved the narrator, Tom Hollander – his calm voice helped with the absolutely awful way the characters treated each other. I must admit, I hated almost all the characters. Even the teenagers. We are shown the ugly side of human nature and it is shocking. I realize that this is probably the way that many people feel in that secret part of their minds that no-one knows about but I have never been exposed to it so fully. Even married couples had ulterior motives for almost all they did, even to the point of cruelness.
If you are expecting the excitement of the Harry Potter books, you are looking at the wrong book. This book is all about human emotions and the way people in a small town interact with one another and . . . what they will do to get what they want . . .
Penguin Books South Africa has graciously given 3 signed copies to 3 lucky South African readers.
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