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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
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Jun 17, 11

really liked it
Read from June 07 to 18, 2011

I deserve a slap for taking so damn long to read this. To my shame I started it at the beginning of May as an plane read. In that regard it worked like a charm. It's a page turner when trapped in economy with nothing but a beaker full of white wine and Valium for company. But I sort of lost the momentum once I'd touched down. Yes, a BIG slap for me. I wanted to chuck this weighty tome across the room on several occasions. It certainly arouses fury in the reader. But that's its genius, really. Few of the characters are strictly 'likeable', but all are fascinating in their own unique way. Several of them, like Rosie and Gary, are out and out car-crashes, but having reached the story's end it's these characters that have stayed with me. They are brilliantly drawn in their all-too human dysfunction. My favourite chapter was the final one, Richie. A gasp-worthy climax and an unexpectly romantic resolution. Loved it.

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