Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, which was made into the feature film Q. This book revolves around a central, powerful incident: the titular slap. The Slap may refer to: The Slap (film), French / Italian comedy film; The Slap (novel), novel by Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap (TV series), Christos Tsiolkas’s fourth novel uses the familiar Australian template of a family barbecue in Melbourne’s suburban hinterland to set the.

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Cchristos expected to leave it abandoned in my seat pocket for another person. There feels like there is only one character in this book, but it assumes different ancestry and genders. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The idea of tracing the lives of witnesses to the slap in question would have been interesting if a they had been believable and not monstrous caricatures b You felt any fellow feeling for them at all c the slap had had an effect on their lives, which reading the novel it didn’t.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? First of all, Tsiolkas takes a nonjudgmental attitude toward his characters. The parents of Hugo insist on police involvement and the police take it to tsiolksa.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Secondly, would your parents react like that? The Slap is a novel looking at a cross section of Australian life chrisots taking the viewpoints of eight characters, all whom were present at the BBQ where the eponymous slap took place. That film is set in medieval Japan and retells the story of a rape through five different perspectives. Who really talks like this? She shook her head firmly, daring him to contradict her: I’ve mentioned my dislike of profanity in books before. From the varied ratings it seems that people either loved it or hated it.

The Slap, a novel that is bringing out the worst in the middle class

Monday 31 December By the way, where’d you get it? She won’t go, she can’t tsio,kas. Just when you think you’re finally coming across a character that might just be ok, they do or say something despicable.


When my cousin’s marriage went south and it became clear that his and his parents’ sexist swine behaviour led to his wife’s suicide, I decided I would never talk to the bastard again. I think that if a writer is faithful to an experience, then that tsoolkas one way that you can allow a reader to enter the consciousness of even the most difficult of characters. How to make sense of what now was middle-class life, of what was suburbia?

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

That aspect of Rosie is something I share, but in other ways she is such a very different character from me. She is a migrant from Greece, who was raised in that terrible period of Greek history where she experienced both the Nazi Occupation and the horrifying civil war that tore Greece apart after the cessation of World War II.

I love the fact that Melissa George was cast as Rosie in both versions. The resolution to this part of the tale came way too early, and left me wondering why I was still reading the novel as it petered off into a limp ending. One of christoz favorite films of all time is the Japanese classic Rashamondirected by Akira Kurosawa.

Let me put it this way- if the characters in “The Slap” were real and I was armed with some kind of nuclear device, I wouldn’t think twice before blowing up their corner of tedious suburbia.

I wanted to write about class and skap, about ethnicity and place, and I knew that I needed a structure that would allow for multiple voices, that would allow for differing perspectives. I’d save Richie and Hugo though. The parents of Hugo insist on police involvement and the po Having sat on my to-read shelf for years, I took this on a plane trip recently.


The Slap – Discussion 1 24 Mar 04, I was a closet Slap-hater tsiolksa this point. The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas. As you progress you’re left wondering why you should trust or believe this reprehensible selection of idiots and their opinions on child rearing. My mother, exasperated, turned around, lifted the boy and gave him the most gentle of smacks on his bum.

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The one only Richie knows about. Strange chirstos it is the slap that causes such a fuss when none of these people seem to think twice about their rampant affairs, alcoholism, wife-beating, fraud and appalling levels of racism.

When I picked it up in the bookstore and read the back I thought the premise was fantastic and original. Also, and very importantly, Rosie loves Hugo.

Sep 08, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: The Greeks in the novel think nothing of referring to non-whites as “wogs” and use pousti Greek slang tsiplkas homosexual as a term of abuse. As I have stated above, The Slap is a novel about the contemporary middle class. For readers and writers to reject the universal is to betray the very possibility of fiction.

I think many of us have forgotten that.

In Connie’s chapter, her actions seemed to be justified because of her age and internal struggles. How did you settle on this as your subject? At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. Slxp effortlessly slips in and out of their widely varying perspectives, laying bare their most difficult truths. A gripping novel of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth from the very start to the end.