At times it was very offensive and vulgar with what I thought was quite a bit of gratuitous sex. I can handle it when it feels natural and when it serves the plot - here we had excuse me cocks and cunts on virtually every page. The world view is defintley grim but Christos is playing with the assumptions and smugness that seem to be very much part of our makeup. Both authors seems v similar, and similarly unable to portray women. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. I can handle gloom, but coupled with nasty.
As I read through it, I know every single one of these characters, I've heard the stuff that Koula says, I understand Manolis, I know several Aishas and Rosies and Harry, Hector. A waste of time for the writer. I found the book a fascinating read, very thought provoking on many levels and I sincerely hope that the amount of alcohol, recreational drug use and swearing is not true to life. Was it the right thing to do? But you know the feeling when you walk out of the shop and you get home and you just don't remember stuffing the two packs of sausages, three packs of wafer-thin Wiltshire ham and two small jars of marmite down your kecks? Di nuovo la versione australiana, di nuovo Essie Davis, che merita un ritorno. Outside the court-room someone else gets spat on, but the trial itself is devoid of drama - you feel that, by then, the author himself has lost interest in his own central narrative. There are more to the book then what the characters present on the surface.
Christos Tsiolkas is giving us his version of social reality and satirizing the concerns of the middle class of the 21st century. Don't get me wrong, I am not a prude or have religious objections towards the subject matter. This book has occasioned a lot of controversy with many people thinking that it is misogynistic. Says alot about the author. Connie is a teenager who regularly looks after Hugo, the child who was slapped, and dreams of becoming a vet; Rosie is the mother of Hugo, pathologically attached to him and still breast feeding her child even though he is three years old; Manolis is the father of Hector, a doting grandfather and fiercely Greek.
Το μεγεθύνουμε πασπαλίζοντας με γενναίες δόσεις ελληνικότητας και ομοφυλοφιλίας ο Τσιόλκας γράφει για τον Τσιόλκα και καλούμε στο τραπέζι την Οικογένεια : από την ελληνορθόδοξη της ξενιτιάς του Μανώλη και της Κούλας, την βαλτωμένη του Έκτορα και της Αϊσα, την πλούσια σε υλικά αγαθά, αλλά με απιστία και το φάντασμα Παίρνουμε ένα μικρό, ασήμαντο περιστατικό αστικής βίας σε ένα μπαρμπεκιου, ένα χαστούκι, αλλά στη θέση του θύματος ένα παιδί, στη θέση του θύτη έναν ενήλικα : όχι κάποιον γονιό του. In the end very little is resolved and learned. It got fabulous reviews when it came out but it's one of those books that seems to be getting huge word-of-mouth. I'd like to know how you react to it. What is interesting is that whilst we were initially led to sympathise with Harry, when we reached his chapter we realised what an unpleasant character he is - and later on we learn of even worse behaviour in his past not that that affects the basic moral question.
The women often behave as little more than whores and the men are no better. Finally we hear from Aisha herself, as she and Hector take a holiday where truths come out, and Richie, Connie's best friend, a young lad waiting to hear his exam results and struggling with the fact he is gay. I guess you're all grown up. Obsessed with their own particular vision of masculinity, they are sexist, racist and unscrupulous, though not altogether without loyalties. This is what this book represents: human nature. Told from the points of view of eight people who were present, The Slap shows how a single action can change the way people think about how they live, what they want, and what they believe forever. Many of the men come off as extremely narcissistic and misogynistic.
I believe my life's experiences including military police service in Saigon, civilian police, which included prosecution services more than makes me qualified to offer an opinion. This novel has aroused some real emotion and anyone whose writing can get people talking--no matter how bitterly--is not to be dismissed. We are all complex characters, and this novel unpicks those complexities perfectly - and honestly. The descriptions of graphic sex scenes and an overuse of swear words spoiled it for me at times as I cringed or flinched trying to wade through explicit sections which in my view were not necessary and the crude language overly provocative. It shows you how messed up we all are.
But this even reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. Sure, viewers will enjoy seeing more of Tori and her classmates. Θα γίνει καλύτερος πατέρας, το υποσχέθηκε. Young and old, they are all materialists whose high points are buying clothes, getting haircuts, drinking and drugging, getting bikini waxes and making entrances. LadyGrey 26 Nov 2009 1:33:38pm I liked this book. Look beyond its at times explicit details and take a look into the lives of those around us.
I enjoyed having a different portal in which the same situation has been explored. Their parenting style is also just infuriating, and you do want to slap that them both page after page,. I was joking earlier, you know, before we started that I think this book should've been called The Punch because nearly with every chapter I felt the author had landed a solid one in my guts, you know, it was very hard reading a lot of it but that, particularly that scene you're referred to earlier where Connie loses her virginity I just hated it but it was compelling reading. Perhaps it was meant to do that and it reveals something troubling about modern women's voices - only I had a feeling that this passivity was being painted as something to just digest as a horrible truth and not fight against. Hugo who is behaving like a brat, is slapped by Harry. Give me literature that does that any day over something that makes me feel safe and cosy and just confirms my own view of the world.
The characters are all either racist, sexist, drunken or sluts or indeed, in a few cases, all of the above. But then again, arenât we allâ¦ Christos 09 Aug 2010 4:38:12pm I almost didn't read The Slap because of the reviews on this page but so glad I did. Hector, the weak-willed bystander, cheats on his wife with a seventeen year old girl. But the most problematic of these, and perhaps the least deliberate, is the dilemma posed by this novel for female readers and feminist critics. Thank you for publishing my comment.
This is in many ways an old fashioned novel. Whether you loved the book or hated it I happen to be among the former is almost irrelevant, the interesting thing is that The Slap seems to have provoked more discussion than usual here and that's got to mean something. The Slap is the story of an unruly child who is slapped by an unrelated adult at a suburban Australian backyard barbeque, and the attitudes of those that witnessed it. He looks at the 'success' of hard-charging alpha males and gives us a microcosm that helps us understand how they got their power and how ruthlessly they weild it. Rocco was standing his ground.