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At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his ownThis event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the slapIn this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and allseeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twentyfirst century The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desiresWhat unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensityall the passions and conflicting beliefsthat family can arouse In its cleareyed and forensic dissection of the evergrowing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of commitment and happiness, compromise and truth 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 makeup 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 genius and the complex, nuanced emotions of, reactions to and repercussions of a single event are ably described and brought to life by Tsiolkas An uncomfortable but highly recommended read. 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 equal 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 Slaphater at this point I couldn't quite 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 nippleseeking 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 time.So now here on p225 we have Gary, the sexstarved husband, wrestling with his young son for control of the breastsShe 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, laughing.Then the atmosphere turns nasty and Gary and the kid begin to squabble 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 waferthin 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 ShangriLas :PB, is that a bestseller you got there? Uhhuh? Gee, it must be great reading it all day By the way, where'd you get it?Pb (dressed in black leather, channelling Mary Weiss) : I met it in the Sainsbury store – 60% off You get the picture?Shangs : Yes, we seePb : That's when I became…A reader of The Slap.My 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 question Well, what about this blurb on the back? This is bugging me This event reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.Is 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 quality, 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 Slap(motorbike noises, fade) 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 book.This book was written by a very highly acclaimed Australian/Greek 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 how so many people who have read this book have given it bad reviews and low ratings because they believe that the characters were horrible and the language was horrible and 'why would anyone want to write about such uninteresting people?' It really makes me laugh, because clearly, the people who have these opinions have totally missed the point Opinions like these, are what I like to call, 'surface opinions.' Surface opinions, as the term suggests, do not attempt to dig any deeper than what can be seen (or read, in this case).The point of this book, in my opinion, is to highlight the pettiness, cruelness, complete selfcenteredness of humankind; the attributes we fail to recognize in ourselves, or deny even exist We are monsters, people Deep down there is as much bad as there is good in us and this book depicts this realistically It's void of censorship, void of phoniness, void of pretence This book is what it is because this is what the world is Run by a pack of selfish animals This is who we are, and I think anyone who denies it, is kidding themselves Even if you do not actually behave appallingly like some of these characters do, take a moment to think: Have you ever smiled at someone, pretended to be polite, and at the same time cursed at their existence? We all have at some time or another It's human nature This is what this book represents: human nature It's honest It's blunt It's real.Great book I recommend it to those who are not afraid of a bit of honesty If you don't like reading about the world you live in Don't read this book Now to my question:How do you feel about offensive content in books? If you are disgusted by it, do you ever stop to think, Gee, there must be a REASON it's like this? and try to take an objective stance? And another thing, please, please, please, do not assume that the characters in someone's book represent WHO THE AUTHOR IS This is a big mistake, I believe, that readers make The author is most likely trying to depict a certain person, or stereotype Perhaps the author, too, is disgusted by their characters' behaviour, but they wouldn't do their book any justice by censoring these things, would they? Take a moment to think about that too Look deeper And don't make assumptions.Thoughts? 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 quality 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 character study of a group of loosely interrelated people The big moral question of whether the actions and reactions following the Slap were necessary and appropriate, is an interesting one, but one that I have no trouble answering: No As a parent I have no hestitation in saying that if I was in a similar positon and somebody slapped my son for appalling behaviour I would have no problem whatsoever (and my wife agrees) Whilst I am against corporal punishment, an occasional, unpremeditated impulsive slap, whilst undesirable is relatively harmless What is interesting is that whilst we were initially led to sympathise with Harry, when we reached his chapter we realised what an unpleasant character he is and later on we learn of even worse behaviour in his past (not that that affects the basic moral question) Back to the writing and language used (surely the most important factor in a book) Probably what I objected to most was the slipshod way in which this is written Some examples: Top of page 104, Harry's lawyer suddenly knows all about it I checked this several times was there a chunk missing? p96 Warwick Kelly. was Kelly the mother or the girlfriend ? Very confusing p313 Athena leaves the room only to gasp out loud a page later p293 Manolis becomes Monolis a couple of times There are many manyexamples these are very distracting and make this book a contrast to the polished accurate writing of say Ian McEwan or J M Coetzee I found most of the scenes and dialogue clumsy and unconvincing For example, when Anouk verbally abuses Rosie in the pub on p.77, then a few minutes later they are all lovey girly chums again Excuse me but women scorned DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE THIS (in my experience)! When spoken to like this most women I have ever met would storm off and not speak to the person who insulted them for weeks Most of the characters were unpleasant with the exception of Aisha Hers was the only chapter I really enjoyed, she was the only character I found convincing, likeable and possible to empathise with I was quite intrigued with her dilemma I found most of the other chapters pretty boring.I found the first chapter hard work, so many random characters were introduced and we had no idea which ones were important.I found the constant use of fuck and fucking (as an adjective) unnecessary and irritating especially when used in narrative (as opposed to dialogue) Most people I know do not use this word so liberally, particularly with strangers For example, when the elderly respectable Italian woman brought her dog into the vet and said I don't know what the fuck is wrong with him Who really talks like this ? I did not like the frequent use of the word wog isn't this an unacceptable racist term like nigger? I found the teenage sex and drug scene quite revolting and I don't not believe this is normal (you parents of teenagers, care to comment???) OK, so I was shocked was this the desired effect?! To the book's credit, I did finish it I am surprised this book has become such a wellreviewed bestseller 1.5 stars for me.