The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own…The reverberations call into question the relationships between all those who witness it. At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly 3-year-old 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. In his controversial, award-winning novel, Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different perspectives. The result is an unflinching interrogation of our lives today; of the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their limits…
I rarely dislike books, but I disliked this book. A lot. It had eight long chapters each from a different characters point of view, and it told their story. The novel is character focused, not plot focused, which I didn’t like. It seemed trying to shock, with unnecessary vulgar language (I don’t mind swearing, but there’s no point in swearing just to swear). Every chapter seemed to end up with the characters having the best sex they’d ever had. The book started with everyone arriving at the barbecue, and as the reader you were introduced to them very quickly, with not enough time to know who was who. They were then nicknamed later in the book, and people with similar names / nicknames became confused in my head. I didn’t enjoy this book.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, this title is an international bestseller. But not one that I will read again.
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