In this powerful and riveting novel reminiscent of Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly, Guilty, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Although this is Australian author Tsiolkas’ fourth novel, it is the first to be published in the U.S. With its raw style, liberal use of. Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, which was made into the feature film Q. This book revolves around a central, powerful incident: the titular slap.

Author: JoJorn Makazahn
Country: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Marketing
Published (Last): 26 December 2005
Pages: 261
PDF File Size: 2.80 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.65 Mb
ISBN: 517-2-60574-879-9
Downloads: 47473
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tauk

Having said all of that I still found the book well written with a diverse cast of characters. The Bad – The title of the book. I finished this only because I hate not finishing a book, and I wanted to validate for myself that what I elap was the case, about 20 pages in, was actually the case — This is an awful, awful book.

It was a betrayal; not just to his late wife, but to every woman there. But there were tsiolkaas couple of things I really admired about the book; uncoincidentally, those same theories might explain why some people seemed to dislike the book so much.

Daniel Bebber The book does the job that the author wanted it to: A very uncomfortable read, for sure.

If I’m honest I wouldn’t have given this one star if Ciao allowed me to do that, unfortunately Ciao doesn’t give me that option. Harry, the slapper The Slap is a compelling book, but ultimately just as flawed as its characters. The embodiment of this philosophy is Hector’s cousin, Harry, a successful businessman and the dispenser of the titular slap. At this point I murmered “Thank you, Christos! O ccasionally, a novel bursts from the chtistos of the fhe pages and becomes a subject of more general interest.

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 christoa you you old cocksucker? The slap in the first chapter and the slap in the last tiolkas are extremely different, and are done for entirely different reasons. Within this complex milieu, a number of credos uneasily co-exist. Here, adult males embody a sort of community-sanctioned authority, which gives them licence, among other privileges, to take responsibility for disciplining other people’s children.


The Slap (novel) – Wikipedia

My knowledge of Australia is based entirely on several books both historical and fictional, a conversation with an Australian work colleague who informed me that “No, she could not bring me back a bush-baby” apparently they’re native to continental Africa, not Australia – who knew? I don’t think there is a single person who I would be interested in getting to know. My parents had invited friends and family to a big barbecue.

There’s the socially conservative, macho culture of the Greek characters, with its emphasis on family and hierarchy. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas: review

You get the feeling that if he’d been forced to read ‘literary’ fiction, Raoul Moat would have gulped it down. She is part of the family and her principles mean nothing against the monolithic idea of family. Tsiolkaas Tsiolkas did try to redeem chrkstos with the later part of the book, but it truly was too little, too late.

I did not watch the miniseries on TV. I think the sense of entitlement that so many people now have is corrosive. What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury christo intensity – all the passions and conflicting beliefs – that family can arouse.

All of these characters were present at the barbecue where the slap took place.

Can there really be another pages to go? So, if you even remotely care about making each moment count From the varied ratings it seems that people either loved it or hated it. Aisha’s husband Hector and his cousin Harry are two thf three heterosexual men the book gets inside. I read for information, for enlightenment, for pleasure. Yet what makes The Slap such an interesting phenomenon is not the question of its literary merits, but why it has struck such a chord.


It slightly loses steam after the assault case verdict, and there are overlong digressions when Aisha attends a veterinary conference in Bangkok, and she and Hector holiday in Bali.

Concurrent with the rise of such wealth was a growing sense of entitlement. Tsolkias attempts to use it as the hook on which to place the unravelling or quaking 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. Add both to Cart Add both to List. I’ve never been to Australia.

I probably would question how true the old myths were, but undoubtedly I believe that we have grown more selfish in our culture. There is connection, there tsuolkas blind loyalty, there is shared history; there is also fear, there slsp inertia. I found it very hard to like any of the character as they were all incredibly selfish and hate-filled but The Slap wasn’t really anything like I was expected. From now on I will make a concerted effort not to impulse buy books Or at least cute?

Adolescents have sexuality, women and men have a different relationship with parenting and with biology, sex can be liberating and intoxicating; it can also be destructive and toxic. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading the back-story of characters and how their experiences formulate their reactions. As I read through this book, I found myself. Christos Tsiolkas, Journal of Intercultural Studies ” less.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.