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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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The Casual Vacancy (original 2012; edition 2012)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:The Casual Vacancy
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 512 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (2012)

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This book was absolutely beautiful in every way - the transitions between different people were almost entirely flawless, and the story line itself was both intriguing and heartbreaking, particularly at the end. I sincerely hope Ms. Rowling continues to write novels for adults as well as children, as she excels at both. It's a wonderful character study. ( )
  strongasanoak | Sep 21, 2014 |
This book was absolutely beautiful in every way - the transitions between different people were almost entirely flawless, and the story line itself was both intriguing and heartbreaking, particularly at the end. I sincerely hope Ms. Rowling continues to write novels for adults as well as children, as she excels at both. It's a wonderful character study. ( )
  strongasanoak | Sep 21, 2014 |
This book was absolutely beautiful in every way - the transitions between different people were almost entirely flawless, and the story line itself was both intriguing and heartbreaking, particularly at the end. I sincerely hope Ms. Rowling continues to write novels for adults as well as children, as she excels at both. It's a wonderful character study. ( )
  strongasanoak | Sep 21, 2014 |
This book was absolutely beautiful in every way - the transitions between different people were almost entirely flawless, and the story line itself was both intriguing and heartbreaking, particularly at the end. I sincerely hope Ms. Rowling continues to write novels for adults as well as children, as she excels at both. It's a wonderful character study. ( )
  strongasanoak | Sep 21, 2014 |
Barry Fairbrother dör hastigt och plötsligt börjar konspirationerna flöda om vilken fallang som ska ta över hans plats i kommunfullmäktige.
En annorlunda bok jämförelse med Harry Potter serien med väldigt skoj att prova på att läsa något nytt av denna författare.
  paulaeolsson | Sep 16, 2014 |
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Set in the fictional village of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy at first seems to have all the trappings of the adorable-English-town novel—an updating of Jane Austen viewed through the loving lens of a Merchant Ivory production. But the book’s misanthropy is more indebted to Hardy or Somerset Maugham, both known for their deep distrust of humankind and their sense of the viciousness that can spring up among neighbors.
 
Rowling has spoken of the sense of risk in embarking on this novel. The Harry Potter series must have been a tough act to follow. What she wanted to do here, I guess, was to seize on the world we can all see without going through Platform 9¾. She has done that to stunning effect.
 
This is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storyteller. That will not stop the envious from carping.
added by eereed | editThe Economist (Sep 29, 2012)
 
It is not the sort of book that hordes of people would choose to read if its author had not also written a far more comforting series of stratospheric bestsellers. But perhaps the world will be better for them reading it. Rowling may not be an easy woman, but she uses her powers for good.
added by lampbane | editSalon, Laura Miller (Sep 28, 2012)
 
The Casual Vacancy is a sour novel, one that seems designed to leave Rowling’s biggest, most avid fans feeling as though she sort of hates them. For all its readability—I had no problem tearing through the whole thing today after buying it from a bewildered bookstore clerk at 7:30 in the morning—the book reveals that though she remains a careful observer of human foibles, Rowling the writer isn’t well-served by her enforced isolation.
added by DieFledermaus | editSlate, Dan Kois (Sep 27, 2012)
 

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Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Demarty, PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Metaal, CarolienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutsaers, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Barry Fairbrother did not want to go out to dinner.
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He thought that it was all over, finished, done with. Andrew had never yet had reason to observe the first tiny bubble of fermenting yeast, in which was contained an inevitable, alchemical transformation.
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When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, 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 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?
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When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

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