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06:44 am: Casual Vacancy — Take Two — Actually pretty good!

After my previous review, I read some reviews of J.K.Rowling's Casual Vacancy on Amazon. Some people said that the second half was better than the first, so I decided to keep reading.

And, it did get better!

All the secret reasons for the behaviors of the characters unfolded in the second half, so one's sympathy increased. Also, the tragic events of the end became much more sad and inevitable as the story progressd.

Originally, I thought it would be about how a man’s death led to troubled people coming together. It wasn’t. It was about how when you remove the lynchpin of the one man who had compassion and acted efficiently on it, everything else fell apart.

It was about the state of the poor and the failure of the middle class to help them.

Overall, in retrospect, I thought it was really quite good. 

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From:juliet_winters
Date:December 7th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
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That actually sounds like a Christian message... something like "It's a Wonderful Life" without the intervention of Clarence.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 7th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
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It reminds me of the bit in Corrintians about how you can have all those qualites, but without love, they are nothing.
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