- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; First PB Edition, First Printing edition (July 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316228583
- ISBN-13: 978-0316228589
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,943 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Casual Vacancy:
"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply."―Lev Grossman, Time
"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone."―People
"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness....There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully....genuinely moving."―Washington Post
"A positively propulsive read."―Wall Street Journal
"Often entertaining....Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters' endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade."―Entertainment Weekly
"The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today."―The Mirror (UK)
"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot...The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny."―The Guardian (UK)
About the Author
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.
As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
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Rowling's genius is that she is able to intricately interweave the lives of so many characters, that she can create so many incredibly full portraits, and that we desperately care about what happens to them, despite not liking many of them very much. One wonders if her own experiences before she became "J K Rowling, Author", and the work she's done with the disadvantaged, colored her bleak but ultimately forgiving and redemptive philosophy towards class, society and moral responsibility at its most basic level in this novel.
Rowling's ability to turn a phrase, to use descriptive language as a painter uses brushstrokes is brilliant. Picturing Pagford, the country, the locations, the homes, the people is child's play with the minute detail she provides. In fact, even the smells are nearly up one's nose as the pages come alive, element by striking element.
It's true that there is no gripping action, nothing to rivet one who wants movement and excitement. However, if a person is looking for a well-written piece of literature, this will surely meet expectations. Compared to other classic writers, Hemingway, Orwell, Salinger, Rowling can stand in the queue. The book actually held my rapt attention because of the talent Rowling displays.