From Vacant Shelves
J.K. Rowling’s first book for grown-up Muggles, The Casual Vacancy, is the fastest selling book ever, about 2.6 million sold already. It got mixed reviews from critics; The New York Times said it’s “not only disappointing, it’s dull”, while The Guardian called it “A solid, traditional and determinedly unadventurous English novel”. It stirred the Sikh community for a character’s unsavoury remarks about Sukhvinder, a Sikh girl in the book, who is “mustachioed, yet large-mammaried”. Many middle-class British readers also found the book offensive for its portrayal of them as mean-spirited and shallow. But all this has little impact on the author’s fans—as far as sales are concerned, her magic is intact.