Monday, 22 October 2012

The Casual Vacancy



J.K. Rowlings new book The Casual Vacancy came out at the start of the month (ehm I think!). You would have to live under a rock in outer space if you did not know who this lady is. Creator of the best series of all time (OF ALL TIME) There was definitely alot of enthusiam for this release, I ordered my copy back in April or something when pre-order became available. 

Set in the rural town of Pagford (is this town real? I could ask google, but i'm sure someone out there has already googled and knows and can tell me) the story deals with small town politics, social politics, socialist idealisms and a thorough berating of the class system. Woah, hang your broomstick up Harry, your subtle messages of equality and friendship are not needed here- This is the modern day Animal Farm. 

I found it quite hard to get in to, it's taken me just under three weeks to read (Harry Potter 7 took me less than a day) and I only really got heavily into the story in the last 150 pages, which I read tonight. It's weavering and full of characters, alot of which were very similar with clusters of the old elite all merging in to one another. This is surprising and dissapointing as J.K. Rowling created so many characters in the Harry Potter series and they were all so distinctive. There is 5 or 6 plot lines which all come together at the end in quite a traumatic sequence of events, however reading them side by side throughout the book, I found hard work. 

I also strongly disliked the main character (I say main, he dies on the first page) is called Barry. Like... I don't feel that she put much thought into that one. I bet you all right now the main character of the next book will be called Larry, the nose is optional.

It is an incredible book though, one to test your working knowledge of society and see the dark underbelly created by the poor.The ending is spectacular, be prepared for alot of realisations of the book at this point that you may not have picked up on.

 I'd reccommend it to anyone with an open mind and a wintery day to set aside to really take it in.

I bought my copy from Amazon, and here is a handy link, just incase you want to buy it too.

 

12 comments:

  1. it looks really great and i'm dying to read it, however i feel it shouldn't be compared to harry potter as they are two separate pieces of literature and she was probably terrified for the release of this book due to all the comparisons she was bound to get! i heard it has outsold 50 shades of grey though?! or something like that, hahah x

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    1. Hi :) I agree that the content of the book needs to be considered seperately, however it is far too easy to say that they are seperate literature. They are indeed, with different demographics- but with very similar social messages behind them. It is a compliment to her as a writer to keep Harry Potter in the forefront of our minds when reviewing it, as she created the series of our generation. In the same way that Jennifer Anniston will always be 'Rachel' J.K will always have Harry Potter there. When reading the story, the only time I though of HP was the name issue on the first page which I disliked- only looking back is it inevitable to compare- to see how her work has alterered. I hope you enjoy the book :)

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  2. Sounds like you agree with most of the reviews I've read of this book! I still have to read it for myself. I like that you do book reviews on your blog!

    x Ellie @ Ellalogy 

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    1. Hey Ella,
      It's the first one that i've done, but I really enjoyed doing it so will do more :) x

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  3. Ah I'm just about to read this, I can't wait. The woman is a goddess, and I only found out the other day that her last name is supposed to rhyme with 'bowling' opposed to 'howling', the way I've always said it! Very good review :).

    xx

    P.s. I think I read that Pagford is a fictional town. x

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    1. I pronounce it as rhyming with 'bowling' but come to think of it I've heard both being used!
      Thank you, see I knew google was a wasted effort with you clever bunch around :) x

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  4. Genuinely can't wait to read this! I've heard such good things, the book looks amazing too :) x

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  5. Thanks for your comment on my blog hun, glad it made you smile! im following you now on bloglovin and GFC, fancy following each other? All my links are on my page as well as my facebook page and twitter :) http://modemadeleine.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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  6. this is so on my list of books to read!wish I had more spare time :( xx

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  7. I put a hold on it at the library - I'm number 427 in the queue!

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  8. My boyfriend got me this for my birthday in October and it's on my list of books to read but I haven't got there yet! So excited though, JK is truly a genius!

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  9. I recently finished this over christmas and I loved it! Hope I don't spoil it for anyone but the ending was really upsetting for me haha! Such a good book, I'm starting Life of Pi now yay :)

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