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Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very differen. Thank you Christos Tsiolkas you finally made my mind up for me and I have flung your horrid novel away from me in a graceless convulsion which mixed repulsion and depression in eual parts with a dash of glee Because for many pages I was desperately seeking a casus belli Something I could put my finger on I was a closet Slap hater at this point I couldn t uite admit the horror of this novel to myself I needed to find something definite a line in the print where I could say thus far and no fartherOn and on I read And finally one such moment arrived on page 225 The scene is the grimy household of Rosie and Gary and their son Hugo who is somewhere between three and four years of age Hugo is the slapee of the story Now one of the things about Hugo is that he s still suckling at his mother s breast which everyone thinks is a bit gross because he s nearly four you know and I was agreeing with this since every single time Hugo hove into view he was like a nipple seeking missile aiming straight at his mum s brassiere and we would get another description of the act and everyone s reaction to the act Every timeSo now here on p225 we have Gary the sex starved husband wrestling with his young son for control of the breasts She was feeding Hugo on the couch when Gary walked back into the room He came and stood over them He watched his son suck contentedly from Rose s tit I want some of that Rosie frowned Don t Gaz I do i want some of your boobie Hugo dropped his nipple and looked mutinously at his father No It s mine No it isn t Hugo looked at her for encouragement Whose boobies are they They belong to all of us she said laughingThen the atmosphere turns nasty and Gary and the kid begin to suabble viciously about the breasts At this point I murmered Thank you Christos At last I knew you had it in you placed the novel down upon my reading desk and prepared for the traditional flinging at wall ceremony PREVIOUSLY ON PAUL BRYANT READS THE SLAP P 150 The thing is I have seven seven books I really actually do want to read coming my way very soon I hear the tramp tramp tramp of the feet of several burly postmen This book not so much But you know the feeling when you walk out of the shop and you get home and you just don t remember stuffing the two packs of sausages three packs of wafer thin Wiltshire ham and two small jars of marmite down your kecks So here I am on p 150 I don t know how I got here or how I m going to get out of this geyser of Ozzie soapsuds Can there really be another 330 pages to go The Shangri Las PB is that a bestseller you got there Uh huh Gee it must be great reading it all day By the way where d you get itPb dressed in black leather channelling Mary Weiss I met it in the Sainsbury store 60% off You get the pictureShangs Yes we seePb That s when I becameA reader of The SlapMy friends were always putting it downShangs Down downOnly good for the beach they said with a frownShangs Frown frownThey told me it was badAnd I knew I d been hadI m sorry I started it reader of The SlapThe page 100 decision to continue or to not continue that is the uestion Well what about this blurb on the back This is bugging me This event reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happenIs that even grammatical I would have thought EITHERThis event reverberates through the lives of everyone who sees it happenORThis event reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses itNo need for the happen The happen is otiose So the blurb writer can t write But I dunno Maybe I ll continue It s so long These modern writers they must get paid by the word Never mind the uality feel the width On Goodreads they all stop and stareThey can t hide the sneers but I don t careI think I ve become a Reader of The Slapmotorbike noises fade

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D domestic life in the st century a deeply thought provoking novel about boundaries and their limits. FLOATNOW WITH TAX TIPS FOR DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIOSSo I ve heard a lot this morning from various MEDIA OUTLETS about this Merkin show based on an Australasian show based on this novel based on the movie Precious based on the novel Push by SapphireAll the descriptions say it s about a rugged individualist a self made man who slaps some dumb grimy hippies s s kid after that kid is swingin a bat around recklessly at a birthday partyneighborhood cookoutcommie picnicwobbly parade combined with a rodeo and a Young Republican circle jerkI saw a commercial for it on the media outlet s webinar and the slap was filmed like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan It was intenseNow I don t have kids or nothing but if my kid was swinging a bat around at some dumb commie hippies I d give him an extra Mountain Dew before bedBecause look these kids are either gonna get smacked with a bat or a shiny billy club NOW or it s gonna happen when they fail out of art school and don t make it on Wall StSo all I ve gotta say is that cowboys get slapped all the time and it only makes them better at rootin and tootin at the saloon and that there are also cowboys in Australasia and they did their fair share of genocidin too so what does that tell you

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T perspectives The result is an unflinching interrogation of our lives today of the modern family an. Having seen this spoken of so highly and having read the initial idea of how one instant can change so many lives i thought i d give it a try i was disappointed Tsiolkas has an appalling view of humankind The way people think of each other and treat each other and stick with each other for the most ludicrous of reasons in his universe is depressing in the extreme The characters are all either racist sexist drunken or sluts or indeed in a few cases all of the aboveThe idea of tracing the lives of witnesses to the slap in uestion would have been interesting if a they had been believable and not monstrous caricatures bYou 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 Tsolkias attempts to use it as the hook on which to place the unravelling or uaking of various relationships and there is a certain cleverness to the way the stories interreact and relate but the slap is of no real significance except for the totally unbelievable reaction of arrests and court cases The language is laughably foul 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 The f and c words litter the dialogue and their internal thinking Almost every page has one The racism and brutality of relationship is horrible I have no problem with earthy language and vicious dialogue if it is necessary for character or even atmosphere but i am very dubious hereI don t think there is a single person who I would be interested in getting to know Tsolkias does give you a certain insight into the child s mother s upbringing Her parenting skills are ridiculous and unrealistic but its her neediness and abuse which gives at least a glimmer of ah I can see why and partially redeems the storylineActually maybe he should write the seuel Has Hugo the brat risen above his dreadful start Has he managed to break from the circle of madness So I correct myself I would not like to meet any of these self obsessed self centred adult idiots at any time in my life but perhaps Hugo could redeem them all by actually turning out well maybe one slap might change the world or at least this putrid corner of depression


10 thoughts on “The Slap

  1. says:

    Thank you Christos Tsiolkas you finally made my mind up for me and I have flung your horrid novel away from me in a graceless convulsion which mixed repulsion and depression in eual parts with a dash of glee Because for many pages I was desperately seeking a casus belli Something I could put my finger on I was a closet Slap hater at

  2. says:

    This isn't any old review My opinion on this book has sparked an idea for a discussion I'd like to have with you about offensive content in novels I'd like to know how you react to it But first let's get to my review of this bookThis book was written by a very highly acclaimed AustralianGreek author I have to say that I admire him and his blatant honesty And this is the first book I've read of his I find it hilarious h

  3. says:

    I read constantly I read for information for enlightenment for pleasure I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a month and have for some 45 years I was excited when I first saw this title as I am one who shamelessly admits to ofttimes judging a book

  4. says:

    I do not consider The Slap to be a great piece of writing I feel it was created to provide mass appeal I found the uality of writing a little patchy and in places offensive The basic premise is an interesting one the incident at the party and how it affects the lives of the people involved which in turn leads to a description history and char

  5. says:

    I read this book a few years ago and thought I would write a review as I recently watched the US TV mini series based on the book I also watched the series a couple of years ago that was filmed in Australia I love the fact that Melissa George was cast as Rosie in both versions First off I hate this cover The one I have is a bit different I just don't like seeing a child on the ground obviously upset and crying When I picked it up in the

  6. says:

    Having seen this spoken of so highly and having read the initial idea of how one instant can change so many lives i thought i'd give it a try i was disappointed Tsiolkas has an appalling view of humankind The way people think of each other and treat each other and stick with each other for the most ludicrous of reasons in his universe is depressing in the extreme The characters are all either racist sexist drunken or sluts or indeed in a f

  7. says:

    At a suburban barbeue one slap will change the lives of these people Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly looks at domestic life in the Australian suburbs in the twenty first century The slap and its conseuences cause everyone to uestion

  8. says:

    FLOATNOW WITH TAX TIPS FOR DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIOSSo I've heard a lot this morning from various MEDIA OUTLETS about this 'Merkin show based on an Australasian show based on this novel based on the movie Precious based on the novel Push by SapphireAll the descriptions say it's about a rugged individualist a self made man who slaps some dumb grimy hippies's's kid after that kid is swingin' a bat around recklessly

  9. says:

    I positively HATED that book I only finished it because when I start a book well I just finish itFirst of all Language There is at least one occurrence of the word “fuck” “fucking” or even “cunt” I am

  10. says:

    This was one of the best books I've read in a long time Filled with despicable but ultimately somehow sympathetic characters a microcosm of friends and family becomes a commentary on the social make up of the city of Melbourne the country of Australia and perhaps the world That the story is told from multiple perspectives but still chronologically ie the episode around which the plot is centred isn't retold again and again is geni