Book Journey: The Casual Vacancy

the casual vacancy

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Black comedy, Tragicomedy
Book Name: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J. K. Rowling
Pages: 503
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Award: Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012

“A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN …”

That’s how this book The Casual Vacancy is summarized on its first page. And truly, it is. However, once you hold this book in your hand, all you can think about is whether it’s a big fat textbook and by mistake, it got published as a novel. With such minute details about each and every resident of Pagford it seemed as the story progressed at a snail’s pace, you try to imagine if it’s the same author who wrote the book series Harry Potter. Or maybe, it’s just me who had such high expectations of magic, glamour and again more sizzling magic. And this one turned out to be too sluggish a story to ever evolve into anything. Or I am still a kid who refuses to grow up with Harry Potter and his friends.

However, for a moment think of this book as written by Robert Galbraith, the pen name of J.K.Rowling, treating you to a different genre of books altogether, and you can start liking it, the real life character sketches and their evolution, the intermingling of drama among them, and the hint of a suspense and you may end up liking this book for its “reality” picturization.

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About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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