Casual Vacancy

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!

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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:

Tamara features links to low sugar and sugar free desserts – my apple crisp is a recipe in the round-up.

I’m quoted in a post on FatWallet.com about removing gym insecurities.

 

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9 responses

  1. Definitely have read books where I get ‘sucked in’ and then a bit undecided at the end as well. For example I like Jodi Picoult, but she nearly always has a tragic twist ending. Leaves me uncomfortable and not sure how to feel. Maybe that is the point? Have never read the casual vacancy though! I am mostly a fan of sci-fi and fantasy novels 😛 (nerd alert!)

  2. It’s always interesting to read an author’s book when they jump genres. I read the first four HP books, which I enjoyed, but I wasn’t obsessed with them (like my friends ;)).

  3. I saw that book at the library today! It was on the display, and I was like what is that!?! I haven’t read the HP books. I read like a chapter or two of the first, but I think I had already convinced myself that they were overrated.

  4. I still haven’t read this! I really wanted to as I’m such a huge fan of the Harry Potter books – but I think that almost put me off, if that makes sense… The other thing is, I cover lots of town council politics for my job so I should read this really… 🙂

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