The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy (English, Hardcover, Rowling J.K.)

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The Casual Vacancy  (English, Hardcover, Rowling J.K.)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9781408704202, 9781408704202
    • Pages: 512
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    J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults – The Casual Vacancy - is a story of a town called Pagford that becomes a town at war plagued with class, politics and other social issues after the death of Barry Fairbrother, the beloved Parish Councillor.

    Summary of the book

    Pagford is an English paradise to an outsider, with a market square and an ancient abbey where the revered Parish Councillor Barry resides in. The pleasant disguise of the town soon unveils the social, political conflicts along with an anxious election that involves deceit, unpredictable revelations - all for the successor seat left by Fairbrother. The book is adapted into a BBC television series and is yet to be released. The Casual Vacancy also became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 in the first week of its release.

    About J. K. Rowling

    Rowling was born in England. She was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she considered the idea of writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. The rest was history, as the series became a worldwide phenomenon and won multiple awards. It sold more than 400 million copies. The series is also adapted as motion pictures. Rowling has now continued writing novels for adults.

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    Dimensions
    Width
    • 41 mm
    Height
    • 239 mm
    Length
    • 165 mm
    Weight
    • 792 gr
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    good & bad

    well... lets face it. The only reason I'll pick up a 700 page drama on the backdrop of a council election in a dreamy English hamlet is because its written by her. and so i did.
    I started the book with no biases and no expectations however, and was prepared to treat it as what it was.
    I must say, the book was not disappointing.I loved the way she develops the characters, builds up the plot and slowly plunges into the story. She follows it up with some steamy suspense and drama and finishes wi...
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    Rajdeep Bhattacharyya

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    Just. Great.

    The fact that there wasn't a speck of Rowling's style in the dark-humored literary volume dearly anticipated by many, suggests one of having done an exceptional job at being an author. And to know that the fiction itself didn't disappoint; being put mildly, I absolutely adored every instance, character, scene and the final outcome gathered. Hats off to you, Jo.

    My first badge of gratitude: our dear Flipkart. I received my order ON the date of release, which was more than I'd dared to expe...
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    Expected more from Rowling! Received less !

    I bought this book by October 25th,2012 after almost 90% of the people completed it. I mean both the so-called-Rowling fans as well as the adult fiction lovers, with me being the second one.

    I wanted to know why it has been given quite a mixed review. So I bought it and read it.
    It took me a week to complete it as my office timings were tight.

    I would like to tell you that the book has no story at all!!! No Story!! Trust me!!

    I am the kind of reader who loves screenplay very much and it i...
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    Vigneshwar R B

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    Getting Serious from Sirius

    Well we must admit its time J K Rowling expand her horizons than be gloriously branded as a one-time-hit with her over the roof successful HP franchise. The Casual Vacancy not just exposes to us the nuances of Pagford, but of Rowling herself. Its not J K Rowling's fault if Pagford is least entertaining and sweet compared to Hogwarts, but ours.
    Its better we grow ourselves up from the incredibly pleasant magical world of witches and wizards to the shockingly brutal and raw muggleworld while r...
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    Govind R

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    No wands or spells but the Magic of J K Rowling, The Writer is everywhere...!!!

    I remember when JKR declared "Casual vacancy" most of the people I knew(some of them didn't even read a book of hers) said: "But why does she wanna write more, she has 7 best sellers"!!! and I was like "Why not? She is such a brilliant story-teller"!!!

    So when I got "The Casual Vacancy" in my hands, I prepared in my mind not to EXPECT anything... no magic,wands or spells
    and as I started reading, i was back in that familiar turf... Her Writing!
    Pagford is so much opposite to Harry's infinite...
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    Mangelethe Sneha Menon

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    Oct, 2012

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    boring

    A big shocker after harry potter.
    Also this book is available cheaper in other website,
    over all a big no to get this book.
    Would have given it 0 star , but that option is not available
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    saurav ray

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    Nice book

    It is not a fast paced book, no thrill no suspense no romance no action, it is full of life... the way people live, some secrets ,some guilt, small joys, big sorrows, I loved this book to the core. And would suggest all those who love reading.

    Got a great offer from flipkart for this one. and So it was worth every rupee I paid for. Look out for a great offer before buying this.
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    Prerna Dalal

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    Heart-Wrenching

    If you are buying this book considering the author and her previous works, I suggest you think again. This book is not for the weak-hearted and the sensitive. Will dissolve you onto tears and I am not saying it like it is a good thing.

    The penmanship is excellent and the content is thought-provoking. But the Casual Vacancy's universe the exact opposite, in every way, to what Rowling created at Hogwarts: painfully real, but not very optimistic.
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    Ishani Thakkar

    Dec, 2014

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    Disappointing after the Harry Potter series

    JK Rowling's writing has become increasingly serious as Harry Potter books progressed and this book is supposed to be her first one for adults so it gets really serious.
    The story is well written with a myriad of well sketched characters. Rowling is a good writer but somehow the book is not what I had expected and it ended on a note of pathos and helplessness. Personally, I do not like sad endings and was not expecting one from her, which left me a bit disappointed with this book.
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    Rajiv Ranjan

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    Feb, 2014

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    Easily abandon-able

    If you like exhaustive back stories of every character before plunging into the plot head on, go for it. Beautiful narrative and very vibrant story telling set in an idyllic English countryside. But for the action oriented and for those who find their attention span dwindling in today's times, it's a fairly frustrating book. It lets you know that there's something big coming and that keeps you glued but doesn't allow the process of reading enjoyable.
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    Amrita Korwar

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    Q:Is it for kids?
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    A:The book is for adults and this is so funny when we are reading, I like this book so much.
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    Q:does this book contain erotic information
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    A:Only if yours is the kind of family where you actually treat kids with respect and teach them about notions which the world considers taboo while they're growing up.
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