“The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

2 Watertowers(Confusing and Stiff)

Barry Fairbrother had a headache all weekend long.  He did not want to go to dinner at the golf club, but, felt he had to.

In the parking lot, Barry died from a brain hemorrhage.

His death left a vacancy in the Pagford City Council, and “The Casual Vacancy” goes on to follow several families until that vacancy could be filled.

I put this book down several times to read another book, but, being loyal to J.K. Rowling, I did not stick the bookmark on a page and put it away for good…until the last 100 pages.  Now the bookmark is stuck, never to be moved again.

I did not understand the need to wander through so many lives, in such detail, based on just a vacancy in the city council.  Maybe I totally missed the point, but, this book is like the “Game of Thrones” in confusion, but, at least “Game” has a list of characters you can refer to occasionally. “Casual” does not.

J.K. Rowling struggles mightily with this book. And I struggled too…

I am going to try the first Robert Galbraith book and will still keep reading new Harry Potter related short stories on Pottermore.

One comment

  1. I read this book when it first came out. It took me a whole to get into it but it was worth it. I really enjoyed it . I too am. Parish Councilot!

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