- Paperback: 485 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin; First Edition (5th printing) edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741753597
- ISBN-13: 978-1741753592
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is in many ways an old fashioned novel. It has a beginning, middle and an end.
Christos Tsiolkas is giving us his version of social reality and satirizing the concerns of the middle class of the 21st century. Maybe there's more cursing and sex than readers of literary novels like, but it's not gratuitous cursing and sex. It does contribute to the picture he paints of his characters. The men and women are ambivalent about one another. The characters are not always easy to like, but Mr. Tsoilkas helps us understand them.
I found Rosie, the indulgent mother of the 4 year child that is slapped, only too believable. Her child menaces an older child with a baseball bat and later in the novel spits on an elderly man out of pure malice and--that most insidious of 21st century diseases--entitlement Yet Rosie oblivious to her son's faults, is walking around with dirty hair explaining to a friend that she and her husband are trying to teach him about water conservation. But I felt sorry for her as well. She is isolated from her narcissistic mother and overly protective of her difficult husband and her young son, but enraged when her friends seem to favor family loyalties over loyalty to her.
One of the more sympathetic characters in the book is Manoli the elderly uncle of he man who delivers the slap. Manoli struggles to understand why his daughter-in-law would side with Rosie, rather than with her family.Read more ›
I was excited, as I often am, when I saw this title. As a person who shamelessly admits to sometimes 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 Me.
A more 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 stunned.
How 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" -- Read more.Read more ›
I only write reviews occasionally (although I read at least 100 books a year). I felt compelled to put this one up when I saw all the negative opinions here. This book may be a watershed. A must read for sure.
Christos Tsiolkas has won a couple of awards for this book, which centres around an Australian suburban BBQ at which an adult slaps someone else's child. When I first heard about this, I loved the idea, but the way Tsiolkas put it together left a lot to be desired for me.
Let's see... teenage sexuality, Muslim conversion, racism, child rearing, breastfeeding, assault and child abuse, adultery, drug taking, alcoholism, selling out to popular culture, family, role of parents, multiculturalism, John Howard's policies, Aboriginality...
It's as if Tsolkias couldn't just pick one issue to deal with. He packed this book full of all Australia's most wanted. It's a book club dream, and there will be plenty to talk about, but it's too much for me.
In places it feels as if Tsolkias is writing about issues, rather than writing a story. I don't mind a novel that delves into themes and problems, but when they overcome the story, I'd prefer it to be an essay or sermon.
¡Sex and drugs
When does a book get pornographic? There were at least 8 characters, and each of them had extremely well-described sex at least once. I'm not against a bit of nookie when it adds to the story, but this was over the top. It was definitely written from a man's point of view too - very phallus-centric.
And drugs. Frankly, I'm not sure that a father of two would be scoring speed at his family BBQ, and then getting through the afternoon without even his wife noticing that he was high.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rashomonesque, but unlike Rashomon, the multiple viewpoints complement rather than contradict each other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meedo
this book is brillntly written and i could not put it down. it certainly cintributed to lively duscussions amongst friends who generally ignore race and class issues in AustraliaPublished 2 months ago by Joanna K
I selected the slap for my book club read, and was very excited by the premise of the story, but in the end it was pretty awful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Agony Tate
The book started off great then it just plummeted. I had such high hopes for this book and I could not get through it without zoning out or getting angry at the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex Belden
Miserable people making each other miserable. Nobody is satisfied with their lives so they take it all out on their beloved "friends" and family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bibliophagista
Didn't really care for this book. I was a little surprised that all the characters were so similarly flawed and none very likeable.Published 3 months ago by Irene
good rhythm, nice twist. first seems too simple but came out deeper than i thought. and well i like sex scenes.Published 4 months ago