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Has anyone read "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas?

Asked by poofandmook (17272points) May 1st, 2010

It’s a fairly new book, but I bought it because it was on one of the “look at me!” tables at either Borders or B&N, so I figure maybe someone else thought it was interesting and also picked it up.

If you’ve read it, what do you think? I’d like to see what anyone else has to say before I say anything, since maybe nobody read it.

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andreaxjean's avatar

I haven’t read it. =[ I’m not sure I’ve even seen it. Can you type out the synopsis/summary from the cover? If it sounds interesting I might get it. I need a new book.

andreaxjean's avatar

Er, I actually found a review for it here. One of the comments were about Tsiolkas’s Dead Europe…. vividly horrific imagery. Now that sounds interesting.

poofandmook's avatar

Basically, at a barbecue, a man slaps a young child who isn’t his. The action causes a ripple effect for everyone that witnessed it and changes their lives and beliefs permanently. The book is in 8 sections, each section told in third person from the POV of one of the 8 witnesses.

It’s got a lot of really weird names that are hard to keep track of in the beginning (when it’s most important to know who everyone is), and it seems like every one of the 8 sections has a very graphic, page long sexual encounter that, in my opinion, is just gratuitous. I really don’t like that part of it… but that’s mainly because of something personal that causes me anxiety… I digress.

Not sure I’d recommend it. The structure is great and I love the concept. I’m just not sure the follow-through lives up to its potential.

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