I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now since I finished reading it almost a month ago but I’m lazy so it was pushed back until now! For the sake of those who haven’t read this book yet, I will not write any plot spoilers. This is just my overall opinion and impression so read on without fear of finding out the ending!
From Goodreads: 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?
The Goodreads community gave this book 3.3 out of 5 stars, and I gave it a 4. I think the very best way to approach it is to take anything an everything Harry Potter from your mind and start reading as if you had no idea who the author is. Because if you go into it thinking that it’s anything like Harry Potter, you’ll be very shocked and disappointed!
Likes: I did find myself enjoying Rowing’s style of writing. It’s descriptive so that you feel like you know what’s going on, what the town looks like, what the people look like and so on. I especially like the way she handles some of the accents and dialects of the different social classes. If you’re at all familiar with England, and the UK in general, you’ll know that there are about a million different accents. It seems like each community has it’s own accent. If you weren’t aware of this, you probably think that everyone speaks really posh like the Queen and British people in movies and on TV which always bugs me because it’s so fake. I could write a whole post about this.
Dislikes: Although I’m fine with vulgarity, sometimes I didn’t think the extent that is was used was really necessary to convey her point, but maybe that was just me. I think Rowling probably used so much vulgar language and imagery for a more powerful punch but it could be off putting for more sensitive folks. I don’t mind sex and swearing, so it was fine for me, but this is just my observation.
Overall: I liked it. I probably wouldn’t read it again, but it kept me hooked. It certainly isn’t a feel good read by any means but I was entertained which is what I’m always looking for in a book.
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