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The Slap

The Slap 2

by Christos Tsiolkas

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 04/02/2016

2/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $24.99 $21.25

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye on to that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue.

The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires. What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse.

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Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which 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, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his novel, The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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  • 1 slap, 8 points of view

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    Each chapter of The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas is from the point of view of one of the characters, which intensifies the novel as there are many conflicting memories, observations and opinions. I was disappointed that the story became progressively less about the slap and more about Hector's relationship with Connie, but it is worth still well worth a read. This is a very close knit group of friend's and family and this one act at a family barbeque throws everyone's relationships with each other into a spin.

  • The Slap

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    The sign of a good book is not necessarily if you liked it, I think it is if a book generates discussion, provokes thought. That is what The Slap did for me. It seems from discussions with colleagues, friends and random people on public transport there are two camps when it comes to The Slap. Those that loved it and those that didnt; no luke warm feelings, no indifference, it is one or the other. For me, my feet are firmly in the camp that didnt like it. Was it because I thought the male characters were misogynistic and boorish? Was it because I thought the female characters were subservient, enabling their husbands/partners to be disrespectful and disinteresting. Or, was it because I felt cheated, ripped off; misled. This book is entitled The Slap. Is it not going to focus on the social dilemma of hitting another persons child; exploring what would drive someone to that point and examining the consequences of such an action? That was indeed my expectation, instead this scenario was merely used as a platform to look at the lives of middle class suburban Melbourne. However, whether you liked it or did not it is a wonderful topic for discussion, stirring up controversy, dividing the closest of friends and posing that question.what would you do if someone slapped your child?