Friday, February 8, 2013
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Rowlings adult's novel is truly that ... for adults. She moves from creating a brilliant world for readers of all ages to writing about very mature themes, including sex and drugs. Her cast of characters is long, but well developed. The writing kept me hooked enough to continue turning the pages. However, my mind kept wandering back to Harry Potter and I found myself wondering if Rowling wrote such an extreme story to simply just break away from her previous work. It often was difficult for me to believe that this Rowling and the Rowling behind the famous boy wizard was one and the same.
In the end, I found I enjoyed the story overall because the ending sadly redeemed itself for the weaknesses that came before it. The Casual Vacancy will not be making any favorites lists, unfortunately. I prefer Rowling's fantasy worlds much more than her realistic ones, and I hope to see her return to writing more of what made her a household name to begin with.
Have you read The Casual Vacancy yet? What did you think?