The Slap

The Slap

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"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. 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. In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth."--Publisher.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008
Description: 483 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781554686469
9781741753592
9781554686452
Branch Call Number: Tsio
Additional Contributors: Tsiolkas, Christos, 1965- Slap

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KaiteS_KCMO Oct 17, 2016

Great readalike for Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarity. Another sleepy barbecue in suburbia goes off the rails when one parent slaps the child of another, setting off a dramatic chain of events in a decidedly undramatic neighborhood. Speedy pace, multiple viewpoints, and interesting book group discussion material. Look for the 2015 American TV miniseries or the 2011 Australian version.

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nayoh
Jul 05, 2016

I enjoyed that each chapter was written from a different character's perspective. It also challenged me, as I kept changing my mind about who was right and who was wrong regarding the eponymous slap. At times, it was too vulgar for my taste and all of the characters were not only flawed but thoroughly unlikeable.

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Memawrayne
May 11, 2015

I enjoyed the tv movie until the end where it just fell apart with no resolutions among the characters. I thought I would enjoy the book more. The basis of the story was interesting, but the author portrayed all women as "sluts" or "slutty" , all the men obsessed with sex and no one had a healthy relationship. Everyone was dysfunctional. I would like to have seen some of the characters grow up.

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deborahjohnston
Jan 30, 2015

Great read, although I found some of the story lines were unnecessary. I live near to where the story was set, and every time I pass through Clifton Hill I wonder which set of lights the old man was crossing at when Hugo spat at him. Little beast.
His mother was the one who needed the slap.

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Thai5357
Dec 06, 2013

Interesting writing style, to have different perspectives around a central issue. Got a bit confusing because there are a lot of characters and Tsiolkas doesn't use proper quotation marks. Definitely got me thinking about how would I feel if this incident occurred. Reminded me of the scenery and culture when I studyied abroad in Melbourne.

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rosegold11
Oct 31, 2013

I don't understand why the hell would a old man slap a four year old that's not his child at a BBQ its stupid and funny (sorry for my language) and why didn't the do anything the author just keep on talking about the slap very odd boo didn't enjoy it

ksoles Oct 23, 2013

In "The Slap," a small incident turns into a big novel: the slapping of a four-year-old brat at a BBQ in suburban Melbourne balloons into 500 pages that follow the lives of eight witnesses. Hector, a civil servant of Greek origin, and his Indian wife, Aisha, host the event while Hector's cousin, Harry, administers the slap to Hugo, spoilt son of ex-hippy Rosie and alcoholic Gary. Hector's parents as well as Anouk, a Jewish, single, 40-something friend of Aisha's round out the cast of main characters.

As the novel digs into the lives of these individuals, the actual slap gets sidetracked as Christos Tsiolkas deftly concentrates on Australia's multicultural relations, balancing tensions, animosities, fissures and relationships. Certainly, his prose sometimes reads awkwardly and some characters pique more interest than others but, on the whole, this edgy book constantly pushes boundaries and questions assumptions. From racism to the contradictions of liberalism to the crisis of masculinity, "The Slap" invokes unease while providing a gripping read.

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tiffanyhna
Sep 06, 2012

Very odd book. The author veers away from 'the slap' incident too much and the characters are all pretty much the same. I started reading this book after I heard that it was "sexist, racist and had insufferable language" and I can't say that I wasn't surprised when it turned out to be true.

madison382 May 29, 2012

I really like this author style of writing and the way he portray the characters.

nadian May 07, 2012

Enjoyed the book a lot at the beginning, but then grew tired of it. The premise and idea were interesting (although the majority of the book really does not focus on the slap incident) but I didn't think the author distinguished each character's voice properly: it read very much like one person narrating 8 different perspectives. I think a greater understanding of context on the reader's part is also helpful in understanding the social, cultural, and political climates in Australia, a lot was lost on me.

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tiffanyhna
Sep 06, 2012

Sexual Content: Intense and vivid sexual scenes

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tiffanyhna
Sep 06, 2012

Violence: Few violent scenes

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tiffanyhna
Sep 06, 2012

Coarse Language: Very vivid and descriptive offensive language

nadian May 07, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some mildly "frightening" scenes.

nadian May 04, 2012

Violence: A few descriptions of violent scenes.

nadian May 04, 2012

Coarse Language: Adult language used throughout, very often.

nadian May 04, 2012

Sexual Content: Many descriptive scenes of intense sexual content.

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tiffanyhna
Sep 06, 2012

tiffanyhna thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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nadian thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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