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    The Slap (Paperback) By (author) Christos Tsiolkas

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    DescriptionAt a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.


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    Very Disappointing1

    Donal Kingston This is one of the few books that I didn't finish reading. Very over hyped & totally over rated. Don't waste your time with it & avoid. by Donal Kingston

  • Average3

    Shaun Flynn I found it difficult to follow as there were lots and lots of characters, many with similar (unusual) names.

    The first half of the book is actually about the slap and the aftermath. I'm not really sure why the second half of the book exists, and the ending was a big anti-climax.

    Although there were some good bits, I wouldn't recommend it. by Shaun Flynn

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    Ellen Segger Loved it! So realistic with regards to the characters and the reaction to everyday events. The author manages to accurately capture the current Australian oversensitive reaction to a slap and the legal implications, and all this from the vantage point of so many different characters - likeable or not. If it were a true story, you could not help but feel very anxious about poor little Hugo's future worldview shaped by his confused mother. by Ellen Segger

  • Brilliant5

    Mark Johnson Christos Tsialkos has written a book in which each character is delineated and fleshed out brilliantly. He enables (or even forces) you to see the situation from eight separate points of view. Just when you've decided who you agree with and who you disagree with, he makes you see from a different perspective. That he is able to convincingly see "inside the heads" of eight diverse characters is a major achievement. His portrayal of contemporary urban Australia is rich and complex and he makes the reader examine their own reactions and prejudices. I I found this book compelling and superbly realised. by Mark Johnson

  • Loved It4

    stylist.045 Hooked very early on, required concentration as there were so many charachters. Most enjoyable despite the abrubt and loose ending ?
    Maybe there will be more SLAPS by stylist.045

  • Good read5

    Sarah Sherman Yes, the characters are unlikable, but they are realistic. This is a snapshot of some parts of modern Australia that does exist. by Sarah Sherman

  • The Slap is ****1

    beachcat70 Hated this book. Overhyped. Characters are all totally unlikable and unbelievable. These people are meant to be representative of modern Australia? I don't think so. by beachcat70

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