In this powerful and riveting novel reminiscent of Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly, Guilty, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Although this is Australian author Tsiolkas’ fourth novel, it is the first to be published in the U.S. With its raw style, liberal use of. Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, which was made into the feature film Q. This book revolves around a central, powerful incident: the titular slap.
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Write a customer review. The language is laughably foul. But unfortunately it is too little, too late. Many of the other reviewers were put off by the author”s “gratuitous” use of sex throughout the novel as a mechanism for moving the plot forward. The embodiment of this philosophy is Hector’s cousin, Harry, a successful businessman and the dispenser of the titular slap.
He came and stood over them.
I’m probably being a little too harsh to give this one star since I somehow managed to finish the book. This makes every one in the story uncomfortable and no doubtedly plays into their dislike for Hugo. Everybody was raving about it: This thrill, moreover, comes guilt free. I found it very hard to like any of the character as they were lsap incredibly selfish and hate-filled but at the same time, I did find them interesting to read about.
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 It has a beginning, middle and an end.
I finished this cnristos 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 book. Unfortunately this is impossible because he is a spoilt brat who completely and utterly deserved everything he got.
View all 24 comments. Reading this will only make you wish you had. But in a way, it seems like these men feel that all the power they have left is in their virility.
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I expected to leave it abandoned in my seat pocket for another person. Both dad and Hugo play tug-o-war with Rosie’s breast, each claiming, ‘No mine.
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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas: review – Telegraph
A judge of the Commonwealth Tsiokkas PrizeNicholas Hasluckdescribed The Slap as “a controversial and daring novel” which examines “identities and tiolkas relationships in a multicultural society” and “taps sla; universal tensions and dilemmas around family life and child-rearing. Showing of reviews. The scene is tsolkas grimy household of Rosie and Gary and their son Hugo who is somewhere between three and four years of age.
I found the quality of writing a little patchy, and in places offensive. Tsiolkas has chosen to tell his story—or zlap, stories—from the perspective of different characters, devoting a chapter to each.
View all 4 comments. Christos Tsiolkas did try to redeem himself with the later part of the book, but it truly was too little, too late.
I don’t know many elderly greek men admittedly but is it likely they would greet another old friend at the funeral of another with ‘ How are you you old cocksucker? At times it was very offensive and vulgar with what I thought was quite a bit of gratuitous sex. Both Hector and Harry are also cheating on their wives. The idea of tracing the lives of witnesses to the slap in question would have been interesting if a they had been believable and not monstrous caricatures b You felt any fellow feeling for them at all c the slap had had an effect on their lives, which reading the novel it didn’t.
This is bugging me – This event reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.
East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I did not like the frequent use of the word “wog” – isn’t this an stiolkas racist term like nigger?
Well, what about this blurb on the back? Really cheistos ALL the characters in this book. The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas 1 13 Sep 14, It was the structure that came first.
I struggled with this book. That is just great, fantastic. I’d save Hugo because in the post-apocalyptic world it is probably best that everyone has someone to channel their hate and rage towards and let’s face it people, young Tsiilkas has the makings of an A-Class shit bag when he grows up. This sets off what happens next in the book, which is not always about the slap.
Bilal has found, through Islam, a means of transcending the violence of such a past. That the story is told from multiple perspectives but still chronologically ie. If you handed out free copies of this book to every American citizen you could pretty quickly undo all of Oprah’s lovely PR work.
The Slap, a novel that is bringing out the worst in the middle class
I love the fact that Melissa George was cast as Rosie in both versions. See all reviews. It was interesting to see my own point of view or sympathies, or understandings evolve based on the different observers’ experience of the single event, and how their own lives shape their experience of that same event.
I just don’t like seeing a child on the ground obviously upset and crying. Learn More About The Slap print. A more apt title would have been “Slaps All Ar I read constantly. One, it offers the voyeuristic thrill of observing a world less “nice” than our own — where racism is endemic, the characters indulge in endless porny sex and there are very few ethical moorings.
As the book progresses Christos Tsiolkas does make an attempt to improve on this lamentably poor situation.