Rowling’s novel for adults only

By admin
27 September 2012

J.K. Rowling' s first adult novel The Casual Vacancy goes on sale today. But should you read it? Here is what the experts say.

Author of the famous Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling has left the world of wizards, witches and magic behind to write her first adult novel The Casual Vacancy.

The story is set in a small British village called Pagford and chronicles what happens after the unexpected death of an official leaves a spot open in the town’s governing body.

Although pre-sales of the book were the highest of any book this year, the reviews were mixed.

“J.K. Rowling likes to describe her new book as a comic tragedy, yet there are few laughs to pierce the blanket of gloom in this bleak and rather one-sided vision of life in modern England,” said Jan Moir in the Daily Mail.

“Rowling clearly knows how to create a universe that's compelling, consuming even, but Pagford is no such place,” David Ulin said in the Los Angeles Times.

“So look, here’s the thing: This. Is. Not. A. Children’s. Book. If you’re looking for what made Harry Potter magical — Wizards! Spells! Flying Broomsticks! — you’re not going to find it,” Deepti Hajela said in The Washington Post. “If you’re looking for what makes J.K. Rowling magical — emotion, heart — you will.”

"The Casual Vacancy is no masterpiece, but it's not bad at all: intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny,” said Theo Tait in The Guardian.

Watch an interview with J.K. Rowling here:

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