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Reviewers can't agree whether or not The Casual Vacancy is genius, but they are all impressed by its edgy themes.

This article titled “JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has critics in a muggle of magic metaphors” was written by Emma Brockes, for on Friday 28th September 2012 14.39 UTC

It’s funny, opinion. Among the mainly snotty reviews of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy published on Thursday, several reviewers pulled out the same lines to illustrate either the author’s appalling tin-ear, or else a rare note of genius in an otherwise dull book. To wit:

A used condom glistening in the grass beside her feet, like the gossamer cocoon of some huge grub …

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