Five years after the final installment in the Harry Potter series was released, Little, Brown has published Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults, The Casual Vacancy. She was clearly determined to try her hand at something completely different, and she succeeded, in a way: Instead of a magical world and an enthralling tale, she has given us a boring, self-serious plot and a cast of two-dimensional, unlikeable characters. The prose, however, is as infelicitous as ever.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Turns out the idea that JK Rowling was a hack who caught lightning in a bottle isn't such a far-fetched idea after all. Here's one of the best kinds of book review: one that eviscerates its subject. An excerpt from the review: