I read J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy this past week. This was no novel full of butter beer, portals, or maroon and yellow scarves!
I was sucked into the story from the moment the librarian turned the book over to me. I never read and walk, but found myself so engrossed in the first few pages of the book that I kept reading on my walk home from the library–with the occasional look up to avoid puddles and traffic!
I’m going to pause right here. You’re probably expecting me to say I loved this book. A few days after finishing it, I’m completely undecided about the story. It centers around a small town and a vacancy on the town council. I think Rowling is an expert at character development–I felt compelled to quickly get to the end of this book because I had to know what happened to these folks. But at times the characters/story reminded me of my former neighbors. Serving on the condo board with these folks was a challenge to say the least. So I could relate to the strong personalities and tactics of people trying to get their way.
The ending of the book was so tragic (no spoiler here) that I feel like I need to talk to someone else who has read this book to find out if I’m over-reacting – and caring too much about a book!
Who has read the story? Thoughts?
A couple of links to share:
I’m quoted in a post on FatWallet.com about removing gym insecurities.