The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316228534 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingyogiewing of Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on 7/25/2015
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Saturday, July 25, 2015
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 by wingyogiewing at 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

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Left with some other books. Fly free!

To the finder:

Hi and welcome to bookcrossing! You have just found a treasure - a book that is right now travelling the world and it has chosen you for its next stay. In this journal you can read about the book's earlier travels and what the readers though about the book.

If you do decide to join this loving community of nice and sweet bookcrossers, please know that there are no strings attached. If you do join, you can also follow this book's journey. Every time a new person makes a journal entry you will get an e mail in your mailbox!

Please do, however, take a moment to write a journal to let the previous readers know the book is safe!

Thanks and enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingJudySlump612wing at 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 by wingJudySlump612wing at 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 by wingJudySlump612wing at 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

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

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 by wingmcsarwing at 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 by wingmcsarwing at 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

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

I only just finished reading and it was amazing!

A belated birthday present. Happy birthday!

Journal Entry 8 by LittleWhiteBird at 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 by LittleWhiteBird at Pasadena, California USA on Monday, May 07, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (5/7/2018 UTC) at Pasadena, California USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

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.

Welcome to BookCrossing!

Making a journal entry here lets me know the book has been found and is safe in your hands. The book is yours now! Read it, give it to a friend, pass it on, or keep it forever--it's your choice.

If you pass it on to someone or leave it "in the wild" for someone else to find, please make another journal entry or release notes here to explain that it's travelling to find another home.

You can remain anonymous on the website or join BookCrossing. Joining is free, safe, and spam free and you'll get an e-mail every time a new person finds this book. You'll be able to watch it move around and find out what other readers thought of it.

I hope you enjoy the book. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 10 by LittleWhiteBird at Pasadena, California USA on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I got the book back from my friend after she read it.

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.