Monday, October 22, 2012
Is it really Monday again already? Really? Again? Already?
After a very rainy day last Friday that seemed unending, it was a perfect autumn weekend in the New York/New Jersey area. Saturday and Sunday were ideal days to spend outdoors, with mild temperatures, lots of sunshine, and leaves beginning to change color. Yes, I was distracted by these conditions, which means I didn't read as much as I originally though I would.
Nevertheless, I'm making slow but steady progress with J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. I've read 150 pages, and thus far it is challenging to keep all the characters straight in my mind. The tiny English village of Pagford has two generations of inhabitants of differing social classes, all of whom cross paths with each other over a variety of issues. In fact, there seems to be fewer than six degrees of separation among the residents in this character-driven novel. As the plot unfolds, loathing and self-loathing fuel personal agendas following the sudden, unexpected death of council member Barry Fairbrother. As competing interests escalate, I can't help but wonder: Can the village's--and villagers'--issues be resolved? Will Pagford ever be the same again? The answers to these and other questions lie within the remaining 350 pages...
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