As you travel through the beautiful and tragic world that J.K. Rowling has crafted with such incredible detail and so much heart that it can only overflow off the pages into your own heart, you become entrapped in your own woes and struggles waiting for the inevitable life-changing ending that we all desperately cling for.
The Casual Vacancy is not a book to be devoured in one sitting. It is a book that must be chewed, savored, and swallowed in pieces in order for the true depth of the story to pierce your consciousness. Each character that is lost in their own personal tragedies fighting for survival, is a mirror reflecting your image.
J.K. Rowling did a brilliant job crafting her story. It is a plot based around something that seems so completely trivial, it isn’t until you have dug much deeper into the pages that you realize how much pain and anger exists beneath the surface.
Perhaps the greatest aspect that sticks out to me the most is that there is not one character in this story that I can say that I like, and yet I grew attached to each of them and their woes. I can’t really say that I was rooting for anyone, rather I was watching from a distance with gathering pity and self-righteousness. The miraculous part of this is that I cared about the story as a whole. And I had to ask myself, “How did she do that?”
How did Rowling create these detestable characters who could only ring out pity (at best) from me, and still make me fall for their story? I’m afraid I don’t have an answer. All I can say is that if you want to learn how to craft a master novel, you better be taking notes from The Casual Vacancy.
Again, I cannot stress enough that this is a novel that must be taken in with time. These pages contain messages and lessons that we can learn from, but we must first be willing to give it a chance.