This is the first adult novel of J.K Rowling that has everything to immerse the reader in a richly populated and densely imagined world. It is a deeply stirring and magnificently eloquent novel by someone who has a very deep understanding of both human beings and novels. Split into seven parts, this book covers all major political, social and typical issues like swearwords, rape, intolerance, pornography, drugs, suicide, child-abuse and domestic violence.
During first week of release, this groundbreaking novel became 15th best-selling book of 2012 and second biggest adult opening in the UK. In addition, more than one million copies have been sold in all countries within the first three weeks.
Away from Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is deftly drawn novel about adolescents combating with dangerous adults for the seat on the parish council election in a small, picturesque West Country town of Pagford that is vacant after the startling death of Parish Councillor, Barry Fairbrother. The adult characters in this novel are grotesque, like one of them is Simon Price, who calls Andrew “Pizza face” on account of his acne and likes to hit his wife round the head. Though, the actions of these adults seem more realistic and instinctive but their motivations more perplexed and vague.
The traumatic life of Krystal Weedon, who lives in The Fields with her mother Terri, a prostitute and heroin-addicted, and her three-year old brother, is another spotlight of the novel. The scene when a social worker, Kay, resolute to stop Terri’s drug addiction and take accountability for the care of Robbie logically shows the Rowling’s longing for highly noticeable realism after fifteen years of invisibility cloaks. The ecological coats of wretchedness are revealed with such skill by the author that you want to go inside the pages and get the child out.
In overall, the book is well planned beneath its busy surface and provides a virtuous social message about responsibility for others.
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