I've just read the review in the Guardian by Theo Talt, who coined the phrase 'Mugglemarch.' I had almost thought of that myself, and boy I wish I had. But George Elliot had kind eyes for some of her players and I could sympathise with Dorothea and Dr Lydgate, and (call me sentimental) I have to be able to love some of the characters in a novel, to find it worthwhile. Who is there to love in Pagford? So is JKR saying we are all selfish beyond redemption, get real? Please give me nobility in the novels I read, even if it does not exist in REAL life. But, to be fair, didn't put it down except to eat.
Constantly searching for the perfect novel
I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I have to say I totally enjoyed it. JK Rowling managed to create a realistic microcosm filled with memorable characters in a story that is very much in tune with what's happening around the world, as benefits for the poor are cut. This book is never boring and it's so easy to listen to, without ever being superficial. She might have moved away from HP but her mark is still there- that ability to create characters we love to hate and others we hate to love. Highly recommended. Tom Hollander is a fantastic reader- the right tone, the right pace. Such fun.