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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
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Mar 06, 12

Read in March, 2012

I've had this book on the shelf for a good while now; I bought it because of Booker hype, and then was put off by the fact that one of my best friends really dissed it. However, my husband and I recently got into the television program made from the novel -- very well-done, by the way -- and it intrigued me enough to pick up the book. And I have to disagree with my friend! I found it totally compelling. I liked the multiple narrative, and I thought that the initial set-up (from the point-of-view of Hector, on the occasion of a barbecue to honour his 40th birthday) was really effective. Some of the narratives worked better than others, but overall, I thought that this was a great contemporary read in the "How We Live Now" mode. I'd like to talk to a 40ish Melbourne dweller for real, though, and find out if all of that self-medicating (all of that drinking, smoking and drug-taking) is prevalent in Australia. Disturbing and crude, at times, but this is a book that should really appeal to those readers who are absolutely fascinated by people, warts and all.
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message 1: by Allan (new)

Allan Similarly- had this on the shelf for a year but have been rather put off by mixed reviews. Thanks for your review Beth- will encourage me to have a go at it soon I think.


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