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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Hector is on edge waiting for his teenage mistress to arrive and takes some speed with a friend of a friend. The language is laughably foul. Now I hear that word everywhere. Apart from that the writing, the characters and plot are well crafted, I have noticed women seem to hate this book christis than men, it could be because of the subject matter.

Having said farewell to Europe in my last book, I was hungry to write about an Australia I rarely saw represented on the pages of Australian literature or on screen. View all 4 comments. Jul tsjolkas, Shawn rated it did not like it.

The way people think of each other and treat each other and stick with each other for the most ludicrous of reasons in his universe is depressing in the extreme. See all 5 questions about The Slap…. The Slap is a compelling book, but ultimately just as flawed as its characters. I found Rosie, the indulgent mother of the 4 year child that is slapped, only too believable.

I found it very hard to like any of the character as they were all incredibly selfish and hate-filled but at the same time, I did find them interesting to read about. Tsiolkas has an appalling view of humankind.

I am also very aware of the possibilities and opportunities that I have, that come from the struggles of feminists, civil christls activists, from many committed individuals in history who suffered to allow me to live as an openly gay man.


It is a tsio,kas that challenges us to ask questions about the nature of truth. Because look, these kids are either gonna get smacked with a bat or a shiny billy club NOW or it’s gonna happen when they fail out of art school and slapp make it on Wall St.

That was one of the first thing that ruined this book for me. The opening chapter – characters are introduced at a very fast pace so you’ve not a clue who is who. There’s the socially conservative, macho culture of the Greek characters, with its emphasis on family and hierarchy.

What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity – all the passions and conflicting beliefs – that family can arouse. But whatever the relationship and the nature of the family, the question of how to sustain a relationship, how to remain loyal to love is a crucial one.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. If I’m honest I wouldn’t have given this one star if Ciao allowed me to do that, unfortunately Ciao doesn’t give me that option. But there is a second possibility. Second, having traveled through the United States, the fact that Australia was never a slave colony means that we have subtly different ways of understanding race and racial oppression from the Americans. Despite the main topic of discussion, nothing is really discussed: I’ve mentioned my dislike of profanity in books before.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas: review – Telegraph

In Rosie’s Hugo’s mom, an extremely, I mean extremely, dislikable woman chapter there’s a scene where Hugo and dad compete for her breast. I wanted to write through myself but not only about myself. The parents of Hugo insist on police involvement and the police take it to court. 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 probably would question how true the old myths were, but undoubtedly I believe that cyristos have grown more selfish in our culture. If you are not a fan of course language, be warned it does feature very heavily in this book.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas 1 35 Jul 29, I was resisting writing in her voice because she was exactly the kind of person I derided, one of those people I cursed and dismissed. And probably most importantly, is this the message we want to be sending out about drugs?

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

The “happen” is otiose. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Does the world of The Slap have more in common with modern Britain than we might suppose? At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

For a start, what teenager would tell their mother what drugs they are chrostos on taking? What I suspect angered readers even more is the one character that people seem to despise without even quite realizing what’s creating such violently negative reaction: Harry, a wealthy businessman, hires a well—connected lawyer to represent him, while his working—class accusers, increasingly embittered and seeking justice, end up with a court—appointed attorney.

Without the traditional, conservative roles of the family he grew up in, it’s like all he has left are these pathetic gestures of faithlessness.