The Casual Vacancy

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the major theme of the novel revolves around politics, class, social issues like prostitution, rape and drugs. The novel starts with the death of a Parish Councillor but the real problems start when those who are running for the place of the Councillor find the darkest secrets revealed on the Parish Council online forum which results in ruining the campaign and leaving the election in turmoil.

What makes this book stand out?

The book stands out for it's ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England which is rich with literary intelligence.

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It is a solid and traditional English novel which has interlocking plots. It immerses the reader into a densely imagined world.

Don't read it for

The novel leaves a sense of disappointment because it is the prisoner of conventions. The plot is predictable and the final lurch into a melodrama

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