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JK Rowling leaves wizards behind with first adult novel - LITERATURE - FRANCE 24

First reviews of Harry Potter author JK Rowling's novel for adults on Thursday praised its Dickensian scope and social message, but warned the gritty, even obscene tale was a far cry from Hogwarts.

Shortly before the release of the hotly awaited "The Casual Vacancy", several reviewers said they were taken aback to read grimy scenes of sex and drugs, but added the author's most vivid writing was on the familiar ground of adolescence.

"I had just read a passage written by the world's favourite children's author in which a teenager is raped by her mother's heroin dealer, a man who may well be the father of the girl's own three-year-old stepbrother, although it's hard to know for sure when the mum concerned is a prostitute," wrote Allison Pearson in the Daily Telegraph.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:34:11 PM EST
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