I first read The Slap two summers ago and was totally taken aback by how brutally honest this book is. It’s the story of a group of people living in suburban Melbourne, Australia, that are all affected by one event. At a backyard BBQ one man slaps a child that is not his own. As the story progresses, we see the story from each character’s point of view, showing all the different sides to the story.
Tsiolkas creates a cast of characters that are so unlikeable, yet at the same time so compelling. You simply can’t stop reading about them. They are characters deeply flawed, caught in a very complicated situation. While reading The Slap I found myself wondering what I would do in their situation, and could see where each character was coming from, because of the strength of Christos writing.This is such a well-written book.
I’ll admit, this book is at times hard to read, but it also presents such an interesting take on so many issues we are faced with, especially parents. Themes of discipline, tradition, love, loyalty, friendship bonds vs. familial, nature vs. nurture all arise in The Slap. It is really a book that makes you think.
TVO Parents has a great website all about the different parenting issues in The Slap, and they’re also airing the miniseries based on the book, which I urge you to check out too. (It’s airing now on Monday nights!)
Take a peek inside The Slap, see what you think.
This is one book I love talking about, so if you’ve read it please let me know!
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