J.K. Rowling – Casual Vacancy

CasualVacancy  It took me a while to finally sit down with this book, and it took a while to get into it fully. The start of it is confusing and a little difficult too, right up until you start noticing that J.K. Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy” is not all about annoying adults who want the seat at the council. Now, bear with me as I try to explain and tell you all about it without spoilers.
A man some loved and some hated had died. Some needed him like air, others found indifference in whether he was there or not. Either way, he had died and Padford had to move on. When a member of a council or what in oblivion dies, the seat that becomes then empty prematurely is called “casual vacancy” and before it is filled – chaos engulfs the little perfect Padford. I don’t know how it’s in other places, but here we have the miniature councils even in general blocks. They’re unofficial, but the “council” members are the ones who express the will of others’ to the official councils of the town or city, thus everyone wants to be included. Now, I’m the person who grew up with Harry Potter, using the Boy Who Lived as an escape from very gloomy and often even very dark reality, with silent and secret wish to receive my letter inviting me to a more permanent escape – to Hogwarts. So I cannot, being a young adult who maybe never grew out of the fantasy, imagine myself wishing to be part of any council at all. But I can absolutely see myself in the teenagers who are the children of all those men and women who are now fighting for the seat…
Imagine your dumbfound father then, uncivilized moron who’d sit there and most definitely say something stupid, among people of authority, people who gossip and judge, people with whose children you go to school too. Imagine your mother, already known as a way too strict woman, who doesn’t give you the time of the day as it is, because your sibling or just someone is more perfect than you, and thus you’re a bit of a shame in the family, climbing even higher, leaving you even further behind. Just imagine being bullied for the things your parents do or did, being ashamed of the awful adults who don’t understand things, but think that they do and I think you’ll get the other side of this great book.
So. While adults fight for the seat, teenagers fight to survive. There aren’t many means to get those who threaten your fragile stand in your society down when you’re just a kid everyone expects to behave like an adult, but there it is. First and the best of such means are using their own weaknesses. For every child knows the weakness of their parent.
I found this book marvelous. As I said, it was hard to get into it, but once done, it’s hard to put it away. The language was impressive to me, not being (obviously, I guess) native to the English, and the story was just right. It wasn’t pampered, this slice of real life, and it wasn’t hyperbolized, in my opinion, either. It’s as it is. Some slip the tragedy by an inch, others survive it, and then there are those who live with it on constant basis, just trying not to make it worse. I give it a firm 5 out of 5.

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