Saturday, 31 August 2013

My take on : THE CASUAL VACANCY

This review can also be found on - GoodReads

4 Stars.

I should mention this in the beginning itself – This book is not for everyone. Some may like it, some may hate it and there can never be one review you can entirely rely upon. 

And I happen to be on the former side.

Yes, as shocking as it is for the other half of the world, I liked this book - oh, hell I even loved this book, more than I should have probably, for its writing. The narration is just mesmerizing! The description of everything is as vivid as you would expect from someone like J.K. Rowling. Enough said.


The story is a not-so-simple tale of a small town named Pagford. It describes the events that take place after a member of the Council, Barry Fairbrother dies due to a heart attack. The situations are not heavily influenced by his death but they would have never taken place if not for that. Everything starts moving like a cog in the wheel after the incident.


Rowling has written very picturesquely by giving insights into every little thing. By the chain of events that take place you can just tell that she had planned out the story very well. 

Everything has a reason, a small story behind itself. Every character is so real, they have some faults and depth at the same time. There are no main characters in this book; everybody acts as a supporting cast. You cannot pick sides here because you will not find a character worthy of it. They are real and that is why they are flawed, there is not that one person who figures things out and makes everything alright in the end and could be considered the "hero" of the story.

It is very interesting to note how everyone’s life gets entwined somehow. All the characters, no matter how distant they are from each other have something in common. There is a thin, almost invisible thread connecting them all, if one gives a little tug to it, the force effects everyone. 


Now, to elaborate onto why I thought this would not be appealing to everyone. The story... it just goes on. It has a predetermined starting point and a finishing line at the 504th page. All through the novel you will have this dark and depressive feeling bubbling inside you and the ending of the story adds to it even more. It acts as an ultimate ingredient which will finally make you spill out that sorrow swirling inside you in form of tears. (In my case, at least.)


To sum it up, this is not a must-read. The Causal Vacancy is something you should read if you have an affinity for distressing and perturbing things and can handle a ball of emotions.If not, then you are not missing anything significant by not reading this piece by the lovely Rowling. And therefore, I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. (Sorry JKR, I still love you)



BBC Television is making a TV series based on the book which I think is a great idea. I am 80% sure that it will make a great TV Drama Series rather than a movie. The chapters of the story are similar to an episode of a TV show and so is the ending worthy of being a series finale. I’ll be glad for JKR if this show is successful because that woman deserves nothing but appreciation for everything she has done. (Okay, now I’m zooming into Potterhead mode) 

Thanks for giving me a magical childhood. <3
Mischief Managed. :)

Read and reviewed on GoodReads on October 17, 2012.

10 comments:

  1. Great review! I always hesitate when I look at this book in my (huge) shelf. I hope someday I'll be in the right mood to finally read it. ;)

    Johanna @ ChallengingReads

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  2. Thank you so much, Jo!
    Yes, give this book a try at least. I hope you like it as much as I did.

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  3. I have to be honest, I read lots and lots of reviews about this book, but after yours I am determined to finally read it! :) ♥
    It sounds just right!

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    1. Yeay! Glad to be of help. :D
      Hope you love it as well.

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  4. Awesome review as always, love! :D

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  5. I'm part of the "in-between group". I didn't hate the book but I couldn't get into the characters either.
    Anyway, glad you liked it! :)

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    1. Yes, the characters were very...different from what we read nowadays and they were hard to understand.

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  6. Frank review, Anushka, unlike the ones that either get off on trying to square peg Rowling or the ones who are fawningly appreciative just because she's Rowling. Still haven't mustered the mustard to read this, but your review has definitely pushed me in the right direction. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Lalita! I hope you end up liking this books too. :D

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