Casual Vacancy Review

I was going to write a review of The Casual Vacancy, but decided, having read LaVonne Neff’s excellent contribution, mine would be redundant at best. Read hers over at Books and Culture. I will add only one (minor) point–in Pagford, even the virtues of the villains are vicious while the vices of the heroes are tragically noble. That flattened out the characters and detracted from what was supposed to be a “realistic” story, skewing it more to the allegorical, which Neff deftly addresses.

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