A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN …
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
My Review of The Casual Vacancy
I read another review that said The Casual Vacancy is like a mini soap opera, and I think they have it just exactly right. There is no plot to this book, the story line of one of Pagfords residents dying and the fight for his seat on the council is really just an excuse. This is a book about people.
Now I like books about people, I like stories about life and relationships even when there is no real plot, but this just didn’t hold my interest.
I like the writing style and it’s easy to read but there are far too many characters to keep track of. Half way through and I had just about sorted them out and started to remember names and who they are related to / like / have fallen out with.
I did get into it a bit more after I started remembering who was who. Gaia, Andrew, Sukhvinder and Krystal were sympathetic characters.
But the rest of the characters are unlikeable, and everyone in the book is miserable and lead very depressing lives.
It’s a nasty little book filled with nasty little people being horrible to each other. And the events toward the end made me hate life a little bit.