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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
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Jan 15, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012-book-list

Wow, I was so disappointed by this novel. Overwritten, pages and pages of unnecessary descriptions, too many adjectives, no storyline whatsoever, it just peters off into nothingness. Many of the scenes are jaw-droppingly unconvincing.

There is a scene with Rosie and Anouk fighting about the "slap" and two seconds later Rosie forgives her and they are best friends again. What kind of women has the author been hanging around? The same When Richie takes her child out for a walk and "hurts" him when the kid spits on and kicks an old man, Rosie forgives him in a second, and when Richie accuses Hector of rape, again, Rosie and Gary seem to forget it happened, but they are both filled with vindictiveness at other times.

Sex, violence and bad language are appropriate in a novel if they add to the story but in this case it seemed that if you stripped away the sex, violence and bad language the story was an empty shell so they are there to hide the lack of story arcs.

It reads like a soap opera, so if you like those, maybe you will tolerate this. I guess most people like it just because it deals with a contentious topic, although the actual slap seems to be a side story in the novel anyway.
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