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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
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May 01, 11

Read in April, 2011

I recieved this book for my birthday.

In finishing it, I was interested in the responses and discourse that followed and I also wonder how people view the notion of family in their culture. Not to mention the ensuing contentious debate about raising and punishing children.

I'm disconcerted by the concept of humanity and the way it can be aligned with the characterisation of the families and individuals created by Tsiolkas. The flaws I observed within characters made me reflect on the way I made decisions or how I have defined my moral compass (so to speak). In this way, doesn't judging the idea of ethical morality illustrate the notion of humanity? Are we not united in our flaws at least to a miniscule extent?

Having said that, I didn't enjoy some of the characters at all and there were very depressing moments in the novel.Overall it was refreshingly easy read.

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