The Slap

The Slap

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A brilliant new book from the bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Blink Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from: their culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; what top fighter pilots and The Beatles have in common; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths; and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat's Theorem is not a genius. Just as he did in Blink, Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions and creates an entirely new model for seeing the world. Brilliant and entertaining, this is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 32mm | 258.55g
  • ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Open Market Ed
  • 1848877994
  • 9781848877993
  • 771

About Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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Customer reviews

I agree with Natalie - I didn't like any of the characters. For a book that made it to the best sellers, it left me disappointed. I really dislike how a book feels the need to include overtly sexual passages when it does nothing to add to the storyline - just because it's a book for adults. The characters include paedophiles, rapists, cheaters and alcoholics, but nothing is done to them to make any feel any kind of remorse. I wanted justice for the innocents of the novel and never got it! And "the slap"? Merely used as a way to link the characters. I was waiting for a heated debate between characters that involved more than scowls and characters thinking to themselves that the others are liars. I wanted to see the court scene in full, to feel repercussions across the families - and yet all the reader gets is brief mentions of it between people jacking off and cheating on each other. The writer has skill - the use of different characters for each chapter was good - but the content left me angry that these immature characters are thought of as "suburban Australian people" and the lack of resolution left me pissed off.show more
by Louise Jeffery
A great topic for the times - Enjoyed the subject matter, the characters, the plot and reading so many viewpoints from eight different characters about what has proven to be a very contentious topic: To smack or not to smack. It is a rewarding read!show more
by Jocelyn Morris
I did not enjoy this book very much. I thought it was boring: I could not warm to the characters, the plot was not interesting and the exchanges between the characters superficial. I wonder why it was so highly ranked in the bestsellers list.show more
by francesca ferre soto