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The Slap
The Slap
Author: Christos Tsiolkas
Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, THE SLAP has a brilliantly simple premise that allows it to explore a host of contemporary issues. — At a crowded barbecue in the Melbourne suburbs hosted by a Greek-Australian man and his Indian wife, the host's cousin slaps a boy for bullying his son. The act leads to a lawsuit a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143117148
ISBN-10: 0143117149
Publication Date: 4/27/2010
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.
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2.4 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Slap on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I didn't finish this book. I didn't like the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't want to waste any more time on the book.
okbye avatar reviewed The Slap on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
It wasn't anything like I thought it would be, the actual slap is kind of a minor part. I felt like the premise was buried most of the time. It's mostly a bunch of character studies and a couple of them I really didn't like. There was one woman that I hated with a passion and couldn't wait for her chapter to end. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either, the people don't really have all that much to do with each other and their intersections are mostly minor. I had a little trouble with the Aussie slang because it seems as if each character is a different ethnicity and he uses a lot of slang terms (which may or may not be rude, I don't know) and it can be hard to know what he's actually referring to. For instance there's an Aborigine married to Muslim, an Indian married to a Greek, an Aussie married to a transplanted Brit, and he'll say things like "The wog said..." when they're all together. Well, which one is the wog?
It is fairly crude, with bold language and sex. A definite R rating.
catk avatar reviewed The Slap on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Very strange book. Not at all what I expected. I disliked the characters immediately and this did not make it an easy ready. Don't waste your time.
reviewed The Slap on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Liked the way the book was written by viewpoint of different characters. Did not like how the characters never came together.

Also if you are offended by language this book is not for you!
reviewed The Slap on + 251 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very disappointing! I heard the author on NPR's Diane Rehm Show reading from and talking about the book. It sounded interesting at the time, but I wish I had read the reader's reviews first. I won't finish this book, the language is offensive and crude, the characters are unlikeable, the story is weak. Life is too short to waste time reading this type of trash.
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reviewed The Slap on + 102 more book reviews
I did not finish this book - it was not engaging, rather it was disappointing.
JimB101 avatar reviewed The Slap on + 2 more book reviews
A book about rude, crude Aussies written by an Aussie. The premise is very good and the viewpoints expressed are realistic but the characters are not very likeable.


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