The Casual Vacancy
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I really enjoyed this book by JK Rowling. It is a pretty well-written commentary on the British class system. It's been a while since I read it but I liked the parts that are really tragic. I don't think there is any glorification of the social make up in this book.
Journal Entry 2
Community Book Exchange in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 10, 2015
Released 3 yrs ago (8/9/2015 UTC) at Community Book Exchange in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Left with some other books. Fly free!
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Journal Entry 3
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 10, 2015
This is my lucky day - I'd been wanting to read this book, and here it is. Thanks, yogie!
Journal Entry 4
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This is a completely different side of Rowling, and I'm impressed with her flexibility. In the Harry Potter books there was no shortage of cruelty and violence, but (in my memory, at least) the struggles were titanic: the scale of evil forced the good to bring forth all its strength.
Here, a small English village is crisscrossed with petty antagonisms, selfishness, and failures. The catalyzing event of the book is the death of one of the parish council, causing the 'casual vacancy' which must be filled in a special election. The issues thus raised bring havoc into many interconnecting lives.
A big difference in Rowling's style, which I only noticed on re-reading, is that in this book she spends more time exploring her characters' states of mind, and watching them try to work out other characters' motivations. In the HP books, so much of the emphasis was on the magical wonders that not many of the characters had much interior lives (NOT that I object in the slightest!). So even though this is a fairly depressing book, it is gratifying to see Rowling successfully expand her writing skills.
Journal Entry 5
A wishlist book, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Released 1 yr ago (10/18/2017 UTC) at A wishlist book, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases
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Sent to mcsar in token of appreciation for her taking the time to send me such an outstanding book for the 2017 Guy Fawkes exchange. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Journal Entry 6
Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, October 27, 2017
Thank you, JudySlump612, for your most generous gift. You could not have picked a better book. I read and re-read the Harry Potter series and I also adore Rowling's Cormoran Strike series. I am a huge fan and I am very grateful to be sent this hardcover copy from one of my most beloved authors.
Updated April 19, 2018
I had been looking forward to this one as I love Rowling. This definitely does not disappoint. I never thought I would be so interested in small town politics. The characterization is excellent and I care about everyone. Excellent book.
Journal Entry 7
Oppem's Birthday RABCK group, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Released 1 yr ago (4/20/2018 UTC) at Oppem's Birthday RABCK group, RABCK -- Controlled Releases
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I only just finished reading and it was amazing!
A belated birthday present. Happy birthday!
Journal Entry 8
Pasadena, California USA on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thank you for sending this to me on my birthday! I'll make sure my friend gets go read it, since she has it on her wishlist, and then I'll read it, too.
Journal Entry 9
Pasadena, California USA on Monday, May 07, 2018
Released 1 yr ago (5/7/2018 UTC) at Pasadena, California USA
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I'll give this book to my friend L today, so that she can read it. After all, she had it on her wishlist. I hope I'll get it back later, so that I can read it, too.
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Journal Entry 10
Pasadena, California USA on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I got the book back from my friend after she read it.