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Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

Being a Harry Potter fan I obviously had high hopes for J.K. Rowling's first post Potter offering. While I wouldn't say the book disappointed (she is a brilliant writer/story teller), I can't say I was much impressed either.

The Casual Vacancy is the story of a small English town reeling from the sudden death of a very influential town’s person. Interestingly enough the story deals with the issue of race and class prejudices, which actually shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering similar themes/issues, were dealt with by Rowling in the Harry Potter series.  

The story sees the small well to do town of Pagford attempt to relinquish council responsibilities from their impoverish and 'money draining' county neighbours, the Fields. Barry Fairbrother is the influential character who dies suddenly at the beginning of the story. As a Pagford resident and Parish Councillor his political ambition is to integrate the Fields residences in with Pagford. This is d…