J.K. Rowling - “The Casual Vacancy”
It turned out to be one of those weekends. Cover to cover reading of J.K. Rowling’s new book, her first book for adults, which is thoroughly pointed out in all media covering the book. This is not another Harry Potter, this is a book dealing with drugs, youth problems, class, politics, swearing, and what she’s probably going for, reality. Barry Fairbrother dies and leaves behind him a casual vacancy, an empty seat at the parish council of the small town of Pagford. Which sets of the ”biggest war the town has yet seen”. When I first heard of the premise of The Casual Vacancy I thought of Hot Fuzz, the old guard protecting their precious small english village, not with the kind of direct violence as in Hot Fuzz, but with a hefty dose of back stabbing, talking down, pushing over, and eventually some big power struggles. The book is a bit clunky at times, and you’ve got loads of characters you really don’t care for, but some of them you really do, and that what’s keep you going. As with Harry Potter it’s with her writing on teenagers, that Rowling really shines. Give it a read if you haven’t already.