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"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply." (TimeLev Grossman)

"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone, even if that humanity is not always a pretty sight." (People)

"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness.... There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully....genuinely moving." (Washington Post)

"A positively propulsive read." (Wall Street Journal)

"An insanely compelling page-turner....The Casual Vacancyis a comedy, but a comedy of the blackest sort, etched with acid and drawn with pitch....Rowling proves ever dexterous at launching multiple plot lines that roar along simultaneously, never entangling them except when she means to. She did not become the world's bestselling author by accident. She knows down in her bones how to make you keep turning the pages." (The Daily Beast)

"There are plenty of pleasures to be had inThe Casual Vacancy....Parts of the story would be tonally of a piece with any Richard Price or Dennis Lehane novel, or an episode ofThe Wire." (Parade)

"Rowling knows how to write a twisty, involving plot....She is clearly a skilled writer." (The Huffington Post)

"The Casual Vacancyis a complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today." (The Mirror(UK))

"Rowling has written a grand novel...a very brave book." (The Bookseller(UK))

"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot...The Casual Vacancyimmerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny." (The Guardian(UK))

"The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling's first adult novel, is sometimes funny, often startlingly well observed....Jane Austen herself would admire the way [Rowling] shows the news of Barry's death spreading like a virus round Pagford." (Telegraph(UK))
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review by . October 27, 2012
"Adult" is a funny adjective.  Does it mean "acting like an adult" or "things that adults do"?  Which definition applies, for example, to the terms "adult book store" or "adult film industry"?        Likewise, adults by the millions have read and loved Rowling's Harry Potter series, in part because, in addition to telling a good story,  it treated its young subjects (and intended reading audience) like …
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