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Multiple characters in “The Casual Vacancy” seem envious of others’ lives and what they represent: Gavin of Barry, Andrew of Fats, Sukhvinder of her siblings, Krystal of Nana Cath. What illusions were they living under, and how were they born out?

This post and attendant comments will wrap-up our conversation about J.K. Rowling’s first non-HP, adult novel. Thanks for great discussion!

Category: Discussion, The Casual Vacancy

2 Responses to Envy

  1. Fred says:

    Did anyone else think of Suhvinder when hearing of the Indian nurse who committed suicude in London?

  2. Fred says:

    Jealousy is a green-eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds upon. One of the satisfying parts of the novel is the maturation if Andrew in the face of the downfall of Fats. I think most of us have known the self promoting and unjustifiably talented blowhards like Fats. Their confidence and self assurance make them objects of envy until their true nature is displayed. John Edwards comes to mind as a real life character of similar ilk. Watching Andrew grow outside Fats’ shadow rewards the reader.

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