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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book About Real People, 9 Oct. 2012
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I loved this book. I know it has had very mixed reviews but I could not put it down.
Set in the small town of Pagford, much of the book is about the impact on the rather claustrophobic community of the death of Barry Fairbrother local councillor and a man who has had a huge impact on those around him.
In Harry Potter the characters are either on the side of good or evil, as this book is set in the real world the characters are motivated by a huge variety of factors. The, characters in the book are mostly flawed, some of them are not at all likeable but I found most of them interesting, compelling and believable.
People have commented that the book is bleak but I did not find this to be the case, yes the book is realistic but there is wit and humour in the book too.

There is a lot in the book about the standards we judge people by and how different people have different points of view about what is wrong and right. J K Rowling juxtaposes her characters internal battles with how they appear to the outside world. The book pokes fun at the easy hypocrisy of some of the characters but is also not afraid to tackle some very serious issues.
I thought it was a clever, well written book which had lots of observations about British society and all set within a compelling story. Finally the book made me cry, in public on the tube and I have not been so sad I had finished a novel for a long time.
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