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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
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Aug 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

The Slap has been a much publicized novel since it shot to notice with a TV series based on its story. It also has the popular advantage of airing yet again the hot topic of physical discipline of children. This is a divisive issue and the subject of many forums.
The novel is entertaining, readable and sometimes quite crude. It seeks to expose the fractures and schisms of a new multi-cultural society as it grinds itself into a malleable working unit. The characters are believable, some likable, some inspiring pity or disgust. The elderly characters embrace their ethnic backgrounds with dedication bordering on reverence, whilst the baby boomer family units with their young adult offspring are faced with a constant mix of chance, change and choice.
The novel seeks to authenticate various social and sexual beliefs and perhaps attempts to normalize some radical drug and alcohol habits. This alarmed me as the story is set within an average to middle class suburb in an Australian city.
Not withstanding my reservations I did thoroughly enjoy the book and was keen to follow the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the main characters and to listen to the voice of the author as the full implications of the incident of the slap resounded in the community.
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