The Slap

The Slap

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At 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 the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. Christos Tsiolkas presents the impact of this apparently minor domestic incident through the eyes of eight of those who witness it. The result is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 38mm | 557.92g
  • Tuskar Rock
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1848873557
  • 9781848873551
  • 7,237

Review quote

"'With The Slap, Tsiolkas secures his place as one of Australia's most important novelists.' The Age"show more

About Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: The Slap, Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in more

Rating details

21,012 ratings
3.15 out of 5 stars
5 12% (2,571)
4 29% (6,173)
3 31% (6,438)
2 17% (3,521)
1 11% (2,309)

Our customer reviews

This book stirs and perturbs the senses. You have to read the book for what it is worth and no more than that. The author gives his reader a taste of what it would be like to be a fly on the wall, meant for benign entertainment. It gives you a microcosm look at "Australian society". Worth a read to broaden your reading more
by Nutchi Chairuangvit
I can't help but think that the other reviews who cannot relate to the characters miss the entire point of the book - This book is written by a an Australian Greek who has obviously spent time in the greek community - I would not relate to that world because I am not from it - not would I relate to Diostoyevskis Anna Karenina I am not Russian... I think the characters are entirely plausable and quite frankly I would have slapped the child and his parents too!show more
by Leonie Lewthwaite
As a secondary English teacher I am always on the lookout for texts that inspire and challenge readers. The only challenge I found with this novel, was to somehow connect it to the society in which I live. True, it reflects that we are a multicultural society. However, I know few people who are so deeply misogynistic or so openly and unnecessarily foul mouthed. I must admit that I don't live in a Greek enclave, but I feel it beggars belief that, given the many Greek/Australians I have known, the Greek characters in this novel reflect the typical member of the Australian Greek community. Overall, I think its debatable as to whether Hugo deserved a slap (I think his parents would have been more deserving) but I have no doubt that Tsiolkas does. I am so glad I only paid $10 for my copy. Even that was too high. Trevor Stace, BA Grad Dip more
by Trevor Stace
As other reviewers have said, it's hard to have any empathy for any of the characters in this book, however that's beside the point- the insights and storyline are fantastic. As an Australian who comes from a community rich in Greek migrants, I felt like Tsiolkas was writing about people I actually knew. Fantastic book!!show more
by Nicole Woodward
I could not relate to a single character in this book. Also, I am not a prude, but the never ending sexual references, and excessive use of vulgar language made me cringe on nearly every single page that I read. The book rarely focuses on the incident of the actual slap at all. There are constant racist stereotypes throughout the book that I don't feel are a true representation of Australia at all. Overall, I did not enjoy the book at more
by Lauren Jolley
Whilst some may find this difficult to empathize with any of the characters, it does give a good insight into the multiculturalism that is part of Australiana. A good book to read that you can pick up at any time no matter where you finished off, and still remember what you had just more
by Lizz Wright
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