Contemporary Pick: The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
Review: This book was disappointing. It is chock-full of characters, but I could not bring myself to care about most of them. Almost everyone of them are vapid and cruel for no reason except that they can be. I imagine that Rowling must have been in either a dark place or completely fed up with humanity when she wrote this book.
I started reading this book on March 1st exactly, and it took me until the 23rd to get through the 1st part. Every time I started reading, my eyelids would start to slowly close until I could not fight sleep any longer. I finally had to tell myself to suck it up and power through, or I would not finish the book by the end of the month. Through sheer determination, I finished the remaining 350 pages in two days. I have never been so happy to be done with a book.
You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
I’m trying my best to get through The Casual Vacancy, but so far it is proving to be the best cure for insomnia I’ve ever experienced in my life. Hopefully it picks up soon, or I’ll never make it out of Part One…
a family friend of mine is a gigantic book/movie/tv nerd and when she married her husband their biggest struggle was the fact that they now had two copies of every book, dvd, and boxed set and that is the kind of marriage I aspire to have