Darkness and Death, No Magic to Help
Book Review: ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J. K. Rowling
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
Published: September 27, 2012
With J.K. Rowling's new novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” we are firmly in Muggle-land — about as far from the enchanted world of Harry Potter as we can get. There is no magic in this book — in terms of wizarding or in terms of narrative sorcery. Instead, this novel for adults is filled with a variety of people like Harry’s aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley: self-absorbed, small-minded, snobbish and judgmental folks, whose stories neither engage nor transport us.