Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

Rating: 3.7 out of 5

“Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised.”

Casual Vacancy (1)

Review in English:

When this book first appeared on the bookshelf on any bookstore, I guarantee you’ll grab it because the author’s name. J. K Rowling has been so tied to Harry Potter, and this book is the break of those chains.

When I purchased this book, I expect another fantasy story, fit for children, and easy to comprehend. However, it turns out J.K. Rowling presents a whole new side of her in it. It’s real, mature, and it’s dark.

The story is very realistic, raising politic and social issues, directed for adult readers, and a bit gloomy. It takes place in a small town, and started with a death. The death of a member of the city council creates ripples to instability in people’s life, decisions being made, and finally leading up to unsurmountable chaos. Rowling also put a story of teenagers in it as a part of the story, and they play huge role in the dynamic of the neighborhood also. She describes such great picture of the desperation of teenagers in trying to get attention, trapped between children’s desire and adulthood. She uses sensitive issues such as drugs, rape, politic, and parenting to create dynamic in her story.

In my opinion, by reading this, you will be shown a whole new level of J.K. Rowling that is just as brilliant but with different depth and maturity. Most importantly, her unique characteristic still showed in Casual Vacancy, and the story still as powerful and able to stir your emotion deeply.

Casual Vacancy

Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia:

Waktu pertama aku melihat buku ini, hanya dengan melihat nama J.K. Rowling, ekspektasi yang terbentuk adalah cerita ini akan bertema fantasi, dan mungkin dengan kompleksitas yang tepat untuk dibaca baik anak-anak maupun dewasa. Namun, ternyata kebalikannya. Cerita ini dewasa, dalam, dan bernuansa gelap.

Buku ini berlatar di sebuah kota kecil di Inggris, menyorot kehidupan sekelompok orang yang hidupnya bersinggungan dan terpengaruh oleh kematian salah seorang anggota dewan kota. Setelah kematiannya, kejadian demi kejadian, keputusan demi keputusan menggoyang ketenangan hidup penduduk tersebut, termasuk para remaja yang ternyata menyimpan problematika masing-masing, terjebak antara naluri kanak-kanak mereka dan tuntutan orang dewasa di sekitarnya.

Walaupun berbeda genre dan topik, Rowling tetap menampilkan ciri khasnya dan memberi nuansa yang kuat dalam ceritanya, mengangkat isu-isu sensitif seperti narkoba, pemerkosaan, dan pendidikan keluarga. Ia berhasil menampilkan kharismanya dalam kemasan yang berbeda dan sangat patut dihargai.

 

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