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Sharp, piercing, puncturing of middle class characters,
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This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Hardcover)
J K Rowling doesn't need another review, she has sold unimaginable quantities of this already. Despite her great wealth and success I am slightly sorry for her. Her searchlight x ray 3D HD vision sees straight through any put up front, sycophancy, or false words. Flawed and ultimately all too human self serving motives are the rule. If she truly believes most people are like the characters she has created, well, I would wish her happier associations ahead.
To be fair, there are some strongly redeeming qualities demonstrated, with mostly younger people to be found occupying the higher moral ground. Social worker Kay, widow Mary, school counsellor Tessa and beaten down wife Ruth are the warmer, more hopeful types. The scene where a GP berates her patient for his hypocritical attitude towards drug taking when he himself has cost the NHS tens of thousands for his inability to stop gorging himself; that alone is worth buying the book for. The medical details are assured and current - JKR's husband's input perhaps. The description of Colin Wall's paranoia and OCD was horribly believable.
It's clever writing but bleak and hard. Ugly exchanges, spiteful actions, misguided but good intentions create a hopeless scenario from which nothing good can come. Crowded with cruelty, and self absorbed types, it is a jungle out there; thank goodness I don't live in Pagford.