The Slap: A Novel [NOOK Book]

The Slap: A Novel

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Overview

Read Christos Tsiolkas's blogs on the
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Read a review of The Slap on WorldNews.tk.



Read a review of The Slap on Timesonline.co.uk.



In this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner-
workings of
domestic life, friendship and parenthood in the twenty-first century, and reminds us of the passions and malice that
family loyalty can provoke. When a man slaps another couple’s child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event send
unforeseeable shockwaves through the lives of all who are witness to it. Told from the points of view of eight people
who were present, The Slap shows how a single action can change the way people think about how they live, what
they
want, and what they believe forever.



“Tsiolkas is a hard-edged, powerful writer….The novel transcends both
suburban Melbourne and the Australian continent, leaving us exhausted
but gasping with admiration.” –Washington Post



“This astute exploration of suburban aspirations and failings . . . .
vividly demonstrates the wide-ranging effects of a single moment’s rash
decision. . . . Beyond simply igniting the plot, the fateful slap draws
attention to generational and philosophical differences regarding
family life and the complex political, social, and ethnic milieu of
contemporary Australia.” —Publishers Weekly



“Radiates with vitality as it depicts the messy complications of family
life.” –Booklist



“Complex and multilayered. …intertwined lives and slowly revealed
connections make for a singular reading experience.” –Library Journal



“Wildly energetic and fearless, thrillingly about our lives now.” – Helen Garner, author of The Spare Room



“A gripping suburban fable.” – Men’s Style



“Strikingly tender . . . it claws into you with its freshness and
truth.”—Sydney
Morning Herald


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This astute exploration of suburban aspirations and failings, winner of the Commonwealth Prize and Tsiolkas's first novel to be published in the U.S., opens at a barbecue in Melbourne, Australia, where nearly two dozen characters are introduced in the opening vignette. The reader barely has time to absorb their names and relationships before the pivotal event occurs: a man, Harry, slaps a bratty child who is threatening his son. At the center of the altercation are Hector, Harry's cousin, and Hector's wife, Aisha, who is friends with Rosie, the mother of the boy who's been slapped. When Rosie and her alcoholic husband press charges, longstanding relationships threaten to fall apart. Told from eight perspectives, each of which gets a novella-like chapter, the novel vividly demonstrates the wide-ranging effects of a single moment's rash decision on characters as varied as Harry's 71-year-old uncle and a high school student coming to terms with his sexuality. Beyond simply igniting the plot, the fateful slap draws attention to generational and philosophical differences regarding family life and the complex political, social, and ethnic milieu of contemporary Australia. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101432167
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 152,498
  • File size: 504 KB

Meet the Author

Christos Tsiolkas is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter. His fiction has won numerous prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Award, The Age Fiction Prize, and the Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap is his first book published in the US.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    This won Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009!

    To say I didn't like this book doesn't really express the depth of my feelings. I am astonished, astounded, amazed, and aghast that this would be considered for any prize anywhere. It felt untouched by an editor's pen, and by a publisher's good sense. Weighing in at very close to five hundred pages, this tome was digressive to an extreme. The story can be summarized: unruly child threatens another and is walloped by parent. This simplicity is trampled in long, sordid descriptions of several families' vacuities, infidelities, and hatreds. There was no relief from these horrid folks. I disliked one more than the next. I know for a fact that Australia has great writers, so I can only guess at why this selection was chosen for an award. Poor choice.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Boring

    Pass on this book. It is painfully boring and without a substantial plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

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    Bit his dik off.

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    Posted March 18, 2013

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    I was here first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    James

    Fu.cked your mouth

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Loved it

    This was my favorite book that I read this year. I could not put it down because I wanted to find out what happened to all of the characters. It is like the best kind of soap opera-Desperate Housewives at the start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    not great

    well i tried to read this book, and i h=guess i wasn't into the uk type of books, this book didnot impress me at all. so i guess this reviewwon;t be that great, but i can tell you that the story starts out with a bar-be-que and a kid gets slapped by a male, because the kid was acting up. the parents of the child did nothing when the kid was acting up and now thery want to press charges on the person that did it. but when i was growing up, man we would get blown out spankings...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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