Thursday, 11 October 2012

J K Rowling's new novel

A couple of weeks ago, my OH came home with a present for me (he's like that!). It was J K Rowling's new novel, 'The Casual Vacancy'. For anyone who doesn't know, this is her first offering of an adult novel. Now that I've read it, what do I think of it?

Well, adult it certainly is, with mention of drug addiction, rape, domestic violence and self-harming among other themes. The swearing is frequent and explicit. Personally, I found the characters a pretty unsympathetic bunch though they do sort of redeem themselves somewhat towards the end. The only really sympathetic character dies in the first couple of pages, hence creating the Casual Vacancy on the local parish council, leading to much conflict in the town. Rowling's great strength is her portrayal of the teenagers in her novel. Perhaps she should consider a Young Adult novel next time?

Having said all that, it was an absorbing read and I enjoyed it. I love how she she builds up the story layer by layer - it was what I admired most about the Harry Potter novels. And yes, I read them all!


  1. Thanks for this, Anne. You're the first person I know that's read JK's new book, so it's interesting to know what you think.
    I didn't read any Harry Potters (saw a couple of the films) but I might give The Casual Vacancy a go.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Sally. I'd be interested to know what you think so do let me know when you've read it. If possible, on here would be good.

  2. I am interested to hear your opinion on that new novel, because although I have not read her Harry Potter ones (all the way through), I was curious about The Casual Vacancy, and downloaded a sample. I read the first 8 chapters. I found her storytelling most absorbing, her characters vivid, and amusing. I didn't want to put the book down. Now I have recommended it to our book group,as a sort of curiousity read.

  3. Marilyn, do let me know (on here, please) what your book group thinks. I'd be interested in knowing.