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When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.
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|Durée||17 heures et 51 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||27 septembre 2012|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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I fell in love right away with this masterpiece! It's very well written and..... realistic, which might be a drawback for some people as some parts of the book are really dark (you won't find Harry Potter's magic in this book). I loved Pagford and the Fields and the majority of the characters.
The style is very pleasant, so pleasant I read the book in less than two days (just like when I used to read Harry Potter) BUT it's dark, the novel begins with the death of a character and many serious themes are developed in this novel.
In short, liking Harry Potter doesn't mean you will enjoy this very realistic novel.
Si je ne me trompe pas, J.K. Rowling, suite à ce livre, à préférer écrire ensuite sous un pseudonyme sa série Cormoran Strike... avant d'annoncer ensuite, suite à des critiques positives, que c'étaient elle ! Je suppose qu'elle ne voulait pas prendre le risque d'associé, à son nom, deux thrillers pas terrible d'affilés ! Et même si Cormoran Strike (cuckoo's calling) est une nette amélioration par rapport à The Casual Vacancy, il n'en reste pas moins risible...
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, I thoroughly enjoyed The Casual Vacancy mainly because of the vivid characters and their great variety. They were presented in vividly contrasting ways, whether between married couples or teenagers and from a gamut of contrasting social backgrounds. In fact I think variety is the key idea that unifies the novel. But the characters grip strongly. One probably develops keen feelings for most, if not all of them – great sympathy for Krystal Weedon , for example, struggling against the odds to care for her three-year-old brother, Robbie; powerful distaste for Simon Price, a bully to his wife and sons, Andrew and Paul, and a corrupt employee of a printing company; hopeful admiration for Kay Bowden who begins to show understanding and make progress towards rehabilitating Terri Weldon whom one might see as a victim of circumstances as a drug addict and part time prostitute; and feelings of sympathy for Sukvinder Jawanda, bullied at school to the point of self-harming, by Stuart “Fats” Wall and with a self-centred mother, Parminder.
There is also variety in the themes and issues that the novel touches on: class, marital relations, drugs, teenage attitudes, social problems and local politics, the latter being at the root of the conflicts the novel is concerned with. Variety is also part of the setting of the story: the “Field” is the working class and deprived area of the small town of Pagford compared with its more affluent area with its cobbled streets and chocolate box appearance; and Yarvil is the nearby town where some of the characters work and attend – at the comprehensive school and the St Anne’s private school and the hospital. There is also the cave where Andrew (“Arf”) and “Fats” meet to smoke and shoot up; and the river where Krystal and Stuart have sex and where three-year-old Robbie drowns despite Sukvinder’s efforts to save him.
Critics have made much of the observation that there are connections between this novel and Rowling’s Harry Potter books, pointing out that the teenagers in The Casual Vacancy have in common with those in the HPs that there is conflict between them and the adults. In the case of this adult novel, however, we encounter behaviours among both adults and teenagers that lead to terrible tragedy in the deaths of the only two characters who perhaps have the strongest appeal to our sympathies, Krystal and Robbie. A bleak ending.
I liked the book because it’s character-driven; it’s about life in a little provincial town called Pagford, and the interactions between its various inhabitants, from deep friendships to lifelong jealousies and rivalries, from teenage infatuations to adults wanting someone they’re not allowed to want. A lot of the characters are not very likeable, but this makes the novel realistic; in ‘real life’ we don’t like everyone we meet!
I liked this novel also because, although written for the most part in a light-hearted, frequently humorous, way, it has moral content and contains probably more than its fair share of very heavy, topical issues; domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, self-harm, rape, drug abuse, troubled families, I could go on…
I didn’t particularly like the manner of speaking which the author gives to Terry and Krystal Weedon. I don’t know whether it is an accurate portrayal of how people like Terry and Krystal do speak, but it just seemed a bit patronising possibly? Although encouraging sympathy and support for needy groups within the community, I did feel that ‘The Casual Vacancy’ maybe panders to the worst possible stereotypes of a certain section of the population: a large number of the Fields’ population we are told live on benefits (well, at least if Miles and his ilk are to be believed), drug abuse is a problem on the estate, the only Fields family, and arguably the only working-class family, which plays a large role in the book is the extremely troubled Weedon one. Not that the middle-classes are let off lightly either, but at least more than one type of middle-class person is depicted.
That said, I very much enjoyed reading this book; J K Rowling is a great storyteller and I look forward to checking out her crime fiction in the near future.
I could however relate to the story, my mother divorcing my father when I was only a,few months old and not being allowed any information about him and felt that maybe some of the background waS taken from experience. Although there were parts which seemed exagerated.
I found the book to be a very slow starter that has multiple characters and sub plots, which does make it a little hard to follow, especially if like me you tend to read it in small snapshots.
It gathers momentum especially towards the end, but be warned it's a long journey - and even at the almost inevitable conclusion you question what was the point of it all ?
To my mind the overiding theme throughout is one of social sterotypes and their inherent failings and Rowling is undoubtedly using this novel as a vehicle to have a pop at the blue rinse brigade ( hear, hear!!) whose "not in my back yard" rhetoric provides continuity across the many sub plots.
This is all the more pertinent in the month's leading up to a general election in the UK therefore if you scratch beneath the surface there is a lot more to this than initially meets the eye and the subject matter becomes very thought provoking.
This made it a wothwhile read for me a story based on reality not fantasy.