The Slap (Paperback)
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The Slap (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 17/03/2011
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WINNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE 2009
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2010

'A tremendously vital book in every sense.' - Sunday Times

At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy.

The boy is not his son.

It is a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.

Christos Tsiolkas presents the impact of this apparently minor domestic incident through the eyes of eight of those who witness it. The result is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their limits...

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781848873568
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
The must-read novel of the summer. * Guardian *
Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium. * John Boyne *
Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer. This year that book is The Slap... The writing has shades of Martin Amis, Nick Hornby and Anne Tyler... The ideal summer read. * Daily Telegraph *
As addictive as the best soap opera. * Daily Mail *
A tremendously vital book in every sense. * Sunday Times *
Dazzling. * Independent *
Tsiolkas is a true storyteller and a hundred sentences could be plucked from the text to demonstrate his genius for establishing place, mood and character in a handful of words * Sydney Morning Herald *
Brilliantly compelling and utterly fresh... Fiercely fantastic, you won't be able to put this down. * Grazia *
Nothing short of a tour de force. Tsiolkas outs a microscope to family life and presents us with a vision both of unflinching honesty and great tenderness. Here is a novel of immense power and scope, reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Don De Lillo's Underworld. * Colm Toibin *
Brilliant, beautiful, shockingly lucid and real, this is a novel as big as life built from small, secret, closely observed beats of the human heart. A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece. * Chris Cleave *

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“Dishearteningly unrealistic? Let's hope so...”

This book is about its characters and not really about the rights and wrongs surrounding the Slapping incident referred to in the book's title and the back cover blurb. Tsiolkas's characters that are... More

Paperback edition
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“A missed opportunity”

We chose this as our January read for our book group. We thought it would be an interesting book about the social consequences after an adult slaps another persons child at a family barbecue. In fact it is a selection... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 66

“Disappointing. Over-rated.”

I looked forward to reading this book due to all of the hype surrounding it.
I read poor reviews, but started the book with an open mind.
Firstly, there are too many characters in the story to keep track off. None of... More

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