Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, which was made into the feature film Q. This book revolves around a central, powerful incident: the titular slap. The Slap may refer to: The Slap (film), French / Italian comedy film; The Slap (novel), novel by Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap (TV series), Christos Tsiolkas’s fourth novel uses the familiar Australian template of a family barbecue in Melbourne’s suburban hinterland to set the.

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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. At chriistos suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a tsiolkss ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the slap. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: The Slap is told from the points of view of eight cheistos 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 desires. What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity – all the passions and conflicting beliefs – that family can slp. In its clear-eyed and forensic christks of chirstos ever-growing middle txiolkas and its aspirations and fears, The Slap taiolkas also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of commitment and happiness, compromise and truth.

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Daniel Bebber The book does the job that the author wanted it to: A middle class culture that struck me as incredibly selfish and ungenerous … I wanted to try and write a book And to do that, honestly, I had to put myself in the middle of it. I also had to put my Greekness in the middle of that book. Christos Tsiolkas, Journal of Intercultural Studies ” less. What was the point of Richie chapter? Sam This answer contains spoilers… tsioljas spoiler [ I agree with Jessica.

There is that loose end of Connie’s lie. The one only Richie knows about. Then there is also a second slap that happens in …more I agree with Jessica. Then there is also a slapp slap that happens in Richie’s chapter. The slap in the first chapter and the slap in the last chapter are extremely different, and are done for entirely different reasons. It’s up to the reader o decide on which was fair, which was not? Also, Connie and Richie represent their generation, and there seems to be a balance.


In Connie’s chapter, her actions seemed to be justified because of her age and internal struggles. She was still a teen that did not know better. However, Richie, being the same age, shows that at that age they do know better, and he chooses to be better even if he is internally struggling with his own issues.

Is it a matter of who is weaker or stronger? People have their issues and react to them in different ways.

See all 5 questions about The Slap…. Lists with This Book. Sep 08, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: Thank you Christos Tsiolkas Because for many pages I was desperately seeking a casus belli.

Something I could put my finger on. I was a closet Slap-hater 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 an Thank you Christos Tsiolkas I needed to find something definite, a line in the print where I could say thus far and no farther On and on I read.

And finally one such moment arrived on page The scene is the tsiollkas 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 slqp 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 nipple-seeking missile aiming straight at his mum’s brassiere and we would get another description of the act and everyone’s reaction to the act.

Tskolkas now here on p we have Gary, the sex-starved husband, wrestling with his young son for control of the breasts She 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.

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! I knew you had it in you! I hear the tramp tramp cbristos 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 tsiolkss packs of sausages, three packs of wafer-thin Wiltshire ham and two small jars of marmite down your kecks?

So here I am on p 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 pages to go? PB, is that a bestseller you got there? 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: You get the picture? Yes, we see Pb: That’s when I became… A reader of The Slap. My friends were always putting it down Shangs: Down, down Only good for the beach tsiolkaw said with a frown Shangs: Frown, frown They told me it was bad And I knew I’d been had I’m sorry I started it — reader of The Slap The page 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?

The Slap, a novel that is bringing out the worst in the middle class

The “happen” is otiose. So the blurb writer can’t write. These modern writers, they must get paid by the word.

Never mind the quality, feel the width. View all 58 comments. Aug 02, Jessica Bell rated it really liked it. 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.

Christos Tsiolkas on how he wrote The Slap – Guardian book club | Books | The Guardian

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 This isn’t any old tsillkas. I find it hilarious how so many people who have read this book tsioolkas 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?

Opinions like chrisros, are what I like to call, ‘surface opinions. The point of this book, in my opinion, is to highlight the pettiness, cruelness, complete self-centeredness 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.