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The Slap. Christos Tsiolkas

By Christos Tsiolkas

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Format: Paperback, 496 pages, Main Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 17 March 2011
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.

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Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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The must-read novel of the summer.' Guardian Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, THE SLAP is the most talked-about novel of 2010, and looks set to be the most read book of 2011. 'Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.' John Boyne

About the Author

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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The must-read novel of the summer. * Guardian * Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium. * John Boyne * Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer. This year that book is The Slap... The writing has shades of Martin Amis, Nick Hornby and Anne Tyler... The ideal summer read. * Daily Telegraph * As addictive as the best soap opera. * Daily Mail * A tremendously vital book in every sense. * Sunday Times * Dazzling. * Independent * Tsiolkas is a true storyteller and a hundred sentences could be plucked from the text to demonstrate his genius for establishing place, mood and character in a handful of words * Sydney Morning Herald * Brilliantly compelling and utterly fresh... Fiercely fantastic, you won't be able to put this down. * Grazia * Nothing short of a tour de force. Tsiolkas outs a microscope to family life and presents us with a vision both of unflinching honesty and great tenderness. Here is a novel of immense power and scope, reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Don De Lillo's Underworld. * Colm Toibin * Brilliant, beautiful, shockingly lucid and real, this is a novel as big as life built from small, secret, closely observed beats of the human heart. A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece. * Chris Cleave *

EAN: 9781848873568
ISBN: 1848873565
Publisher: Atlantic
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I couldn't put this book down. Yes, it is quite uncomfortable reading in parts, but I think it portrays its subjects well and accurately. No one is perfect in the book, just like in real life. There is a lot of swearing and drug use but nothing far from the truth for the type of people in the book. Maybe if you have never been exposed to people like this it seems over the top, but I know a lot of people very much like this (good and bad points) and thought it was very accurate. I highly recommend it. There are many different copies of this on fishpond.com.au, and this one seems to be the cheapest. So if you want to buy this book, get this copy.
Jennifer on
 
A cheap and nasty book - uses bad language, mysogyny and unpleasant sex in place of good writing. A book apparently designed to appeal to the reality TV generation, where being nasty to each other passes for entertainment. Yes, there are plenty of people like this out there, but so what? The story was inconsistent and utterly failed to deliver on what could have been an interesting plot. Ignore the hype - don't waste your tome an money.

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