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3.0 out of 5 stars It annoyed me so much that I had to keep reading it!, January 25, 2011
This review is from: The Slap: A Novel (Paperback)
I did purchase this book, but not through Amazon. I was hooked by the tag line for this book. I thought, being a mother, the subject matter might be of interest to me, and the book had received several accolades. The book was nothing like I expected, and not in a good way. I enjoyed components of the book, but the only reason it didn't get turfed on the shelf or into the recycle bin after the first few chapters is because I wanted to see these nasty characters get what they deserved. I kept reading because I just had to see justice prevail. I was dissatisfied in that respect also. I was so annoyed by this book that you might wonder why I gave it 3 out of a potential 5 stars. The writing was good, save the over-use of profanities, which reminded me of a comedian's use of profanity to make up for a lack of content (compare Eddie Murphy - e.g in his movie Raw - to Bill Cosby, for example - one feels the need to swear to be funny, and the other doesn't). Tsiolkas was capable of making me vehemently detest some of his characters, and that does require skill. As I was reading this book, I must have complained at least every chapter about how much I loathed this book, yet I continued reading. Clearly I loathed the characters, and wasn't fond of aspects of Tsiolkas style, but it was a good enough book to warrant a middling rating. It's certainly not a book I'd read again, but it's possible that in some remote region of my subconscious, I'm somehow better for having read it.
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Initial post: Aug 9, 2012 8:16:07 PM PDT
S. Busch says:
I felt exactly the same while reading the book. I wanted to stop reading it but I felt that it would eventually take a turn for the better. I was mistaken. :(

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:18:13 PM PST
Maha Bali says:
I felt exactly the same way! Hated the characters and admit that it requires good writing to achieve that... I also wanted it to end differently ... And although i found it disappointing, i feel it has not been a waste of time... That i am somehow better for having read it!

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 7:37:02 PM PST
Turns out, Bill Cosby is a total serial rapist. So in retrospect, swearing doesn't seem so bad.
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