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The Slap

Perspectives The result is an unflinching interrogation of our lives today; of the modern family and. I read this book a few years ago and thought I would write a review as I recently watched the US TV mini series based on the book I also watched the series a couple of years ago that was filmed in Australia I love the fact that Melissa George was cast as Rosie in both versions First off I hate this cover The one I have is a bit different I just don t like seeing a child on the ground obviously upset and crying When I picked it up in the bookstore and read the back I thought the premise was fantastic and original A man slaps a child Hugo at a friends and family barbecue Hugo is not his child and the book explores how this event affects everyone that was in attendance at the barbecue I was very intriguedThe book was compelling to say the least While there is a varied cast of characters in the book it is written from the viewpoints of eight characters All of these characters were present at the barbecue where the slap took place We haveHector married to AishaAnouk family friendHarry Hector s cousinConnie works with Aisha and often babysits HugoRosie Hugo s motherManolis Hector s fatherAisha Hector s wifeRichie Connie s best friendTo this day I m not entirely sure how I feel about this book From the varied ratings it seems that people either loved it or hated it I waver between 3 and 4 stars as it held my interest but I found much of it rather disturbing Although if I rated everything on how disturbed I felt then my ratings would probably all be low Many of the men come off as extremely narcissistic and misogynistic I realize that people like this do exist in real life but there just didn t seem to be any redeeming ualities about many of the characters depicted At times it was very offensive and vulgar with what I thought was uite a bit of gratuitous sex Having said all of that I still found the book well written with a diverse cast of characters And while it was disturbing I was still engrossed in the story and the lives of all of the characters Their individual stories were very involved and interesting Controversial at times it examines the differences in regards to discipline and child rearing and also shows how people can greatly differ in their personal relationships with both friends and family This novel truly shows how one instant can change so many lives

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Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different. I read constantly I read for information for enlightenment for pleasure I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a month and have for some 45 years I was excited when I first saw this title as I am one who shamelessly admits to ofttimes judging a book by it s cover I own to liking the look of the book and the title just jumped out at Me The Slap Intriguing The synopsis Someone slaps a child who is not their own Oooh you ve got MeA apt title would have been Slaps All Around which is what I wanted to do to every character AND myself less than 40 pages in If this author won an award that wasn t presented by his mother after a panel of close family members voted on a ballot with this single book as the entry then I am stunnedHow can the entire premise of a book play such a minor role in the ENTIRE BOOK How do you manage to write a story with so many characters telling their story from multiple vantage points and yet do so in such a way that the reader cares about NONE of them not the children not the adults not the seniors not the dead not the dying No One I literally got up from reading this book logged onto my computer and sought out reviews because I wanted to make sure I wasn t somehow missing something I needed reassurance that my reading tastes had not all of a sudden left Me and I couldn t recognize a good story or good writing when I read it And by the way for those who felt that this author was a good writer Really I finished this only because I hate not finishing a book and I wanted to validate for myself that what I thought was the case about 20 pages in was actually the case This is an awful awful bookMany reviewers voiced displeasure with some of the crudeness and explicit scenes in the book Crude or gratuitous in the context of a good story can make perfect sense Crude and gratuitous because you have nothing else of interest or substance to offer is unforgivable And from an award winning author nonethelessI cannot offer a strong enough warning to those who might be tempted to read this Please do yourself a favor don t do it There are so many great books in New Arrivals Bargain Bins on the Classics Table that you could delve into Reread something you loved before Reading this will only make you wish you hadI feel about this book as I do when a writerdirector takes a wonderful movie premise and completely mangles it What a waste A waste of time for the writer A waste of time for the reader So if you even remotely care about making each moment count don t waste a minute on this

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Domestic life in the 21st century a deeply thought provoking novel about boundaries and their limits. FLOATNOW WITH TAX TIPS FOR DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIOSSo I ve heard a lot this morning from various MEDIA OUTLETS about this Merkin show based on an Australasian show based on this novel based on the movie Precious based on the novel Push by SapphireAll the descriptions say it s about a rugged individualist a self made man who slaps some dumb grimy hippies s s kid after that kid is swingin a bat around recklessly at a birthday partyneighborhood cookoutcommie picnicwobbly parade combined with a rodeo and a Young Republican circle jerkI saw a commercial for it on the media outlet s webinar and the slap was filmed like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan It was intenseNow I don t have kids or nothing but if my kid was swinging a bat around at some dumb commie hippies I d give him an extra Mountain Dew before bedBecause look these kids are either gonna get smacked with a bat or a shiny billy club NOW or it s gonna happen when they fail out of art school and don t make it on Wall StSo all I ve gotta say is that cowboys get slapped all the time and it only makes them better at rootin and tootin at the saloon and that there are also cowboys in Australasia and they did their fair share of genocidin too so what does that tell you


About the Author: Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels Loaded which was made into the feature film Head On The Jesus Man and Dead Europewhich won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009 was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australi



10 thoughts on “The Slap

  1. says:

    Thank you Christos Tsiolkas you finally made my mind up for me and I have flung your horrid novel away from me in a graceless convulsion which mixed repulsion and depression in eual parts with a dash of glee Because for many pages I

  2. says:

    This isn't any old review My opinion on this book has sparked an idea for a discussion I'd like to have with you about offensive content in novels I'd like to know how you react to it But first let's get to my rev

  3. says:

    I read constantly I read for information for enlightenment for pleasure I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a month and have for some 45 years I was excited when I first saw this title as I am one who shamelessly ad

  4. says:

    I do not consider The Slap to be a great piece of writing I feel it was created to provide mass appeal I found the uality of writing a little patchy and in places offensive The basic premise is an interesting one t

  5. says:

    I read this book a few years ago and thought I would write a review as I recently watched the US TV mini series based on the book I also watched the series a couple of years ago that was filmed in Australia I love the fact that Melissa George was cast as Rosie in both versions First off I hate this cover The on

  6. says:

    Having seen this spoken of so highly and having read the initial idea of how one instant can change so many lives i thought i'd give it a try i was disappointed Tsiolkas has an appalling view of humankind The way people think of each other and treat each other and stick with each other for the most ludicrous of reasons in his universe is depressing in the extreme The characters are all either racist sexist drunken or sluts or indeed in a

  7. says:

    At a suburban barbeue one slap will change the lives of these people Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly looks at domestic life in the Australian suburbs in the twenty first century The slap and its conseuences cause

  8. says:

    FLOATNOW WITH TAX TIPS FOR DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIOSSo I've heard a lot this morning from various MEDIA OUTLETS about this 'Merkin show based on an Australasian show based on this novel based on the movie Precious based on the novel Push by SapphireAll the descriptions say it's about a rugged individualist a self

  9. says:

    I positively HATED that book I only finished it because when I start a book well I just finish itFirst of all Language There is at least one occurrence of the word “fuck” “fucking” or even “cunt” I am

  10. says:

    This was one of the best books I've read in a long time Filled with despicable but ultimately somehow sympathetic characters a microcosm of friends and family becomes a commentary on the social make up of the city of Melb

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