This is the first book in our new book club <excited face>. Read it and then come back and comment, or write your own blog review and link up below. I will write my review in a month, when the link closes.
Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap is a riveting page-turner and a powerful, haunting rumination on contemporary middle-class family life. When a man slaps a child who is not his own at a neighborhood barbecue, the act triggers a series of repercussions in the lives of the people who witness the event-causing them to reassess their values, expectations, and desires. For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Tom Perrotta, this is a compelling account of modern society and the way we live today
I hated this book. There I have said it. I struggled to start it and found it really hard to “get into”. In fact if it had not been for the fact that I had to write a review for this at the end of the book I would have put it down on about page 50 and never picked it up again.
I felt the language was peurile in places and probably wasn’t accurate. People just don’t talk like that in real life. Even in Greek families.
There was no real story line, it just sort of started and just ended. I didnt put it down thinking “that is that”, like it had all come full circle. “Not plot driven” is how I think an expert might describe it.
And as for the characters. They were all drunk, racists or a bunch of slappers. Actually in some cases they were all three. They all disliked each other and all seemed to be living double lives. It was all a bit odd.
And was it just me or actually was “the slap” itself just a minor point? It was what bound the eight stories together but actually didnt feature as prominently as the title implied.
Not often I dislike a book but bloody hell was I pleased when I got to the end of this one.