But when you consider that this is set in a middle class, fairly affluent society then it just seems that Christos Tsiolkas either has no grasp of decent English or is being deliberately obtuse. In his controversial, award-winning novel, Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different perspectives. The author has written five novels including 'Slipstream', 'Water Man' and 'Rough Wallaby'. Tsiolkas also deals with issues of multiculturalism, class, how people make their marriages work and how they raise their children The kids from broken homes--Richie, a young gay man reared only by his mother and Connie, Richie's best friend, who lives with her single aunt are the most appealing of the children. Back to the writing and language used surely the most important factor in a book. Source: Daily Mail A tremendously vital book in every sense. Christos Tsiolkas is giving us his version of social reality and satirizing the concerns of the middle class of the 21st century.
The narrative maintains interest but I found the dialogue crude at times; both in relating the many sexual encounters and in references to racial origins. I find it funny that the author has slated the English novel too - this guy needs to a get a grip. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. ΥΓ2 : το μικρό μαλακισμένο ήθελε τις φάπες του. I just end up with tat, as this purchase once again showed. Secondly, would your parents react like that? This book is what it is because this is what the world is. Although, if I rated everything on how disturbed I felt then my ratings would probably all be low.
It was a betrayal; not just to his late wife, but to every woman there. The point of this book, in my opinion, is to highlight the pettiness, cruelness, complete self-centeredness of humankind; the attributes we fail to recognize in ourselves, or deny even exist. The automatic thinking of many, including myself, would be to side with the child — a four year old boy named Hugo. The characters are all either racist, sexist, drunken or sluts or indeed, in a few cases, all of the above. This year that book is The Slap. Source: John Boyne Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer.
Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others? Ο Χάρι, ο βασιλιάς του σπιτιού του, ο πατέρας του υπέροχου, φυσιολογικού, Ρόκο, του παιδιού που ο Έκτορας εύχεται να ήταν δικός του γιος, είναι ο κατηγορούμενος. Η μάζωξη άρχισε αμήχανα, συνεχίστηκε με φωνές και τέλειωσε γρήγορα με κλάματα, βρισιές, απειλές. This is a thought-provoking, bold and gripping read. It's my job to pull it out. It is annoyingly readable, but has so many flaws that, despite a storming and compelling start, it really tails off towards the end of the novel and you find yourself wondering why you are still reading. It all gets very messy.
Fourthly, the world felt so real, with all the pop-culture references handled better than they often tend to be in books like this. Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly looks at domestic life in the Australian suburbs in the twenty first century. And from this moment, each of these eight main characters proceeds to some sort of internal crisis, as the fallout from the slap continues to destabilise their lives. Η οικογένεια, η μέση ηλικία, ο γάμος, οι σχέσεις. I just couldn't get with any of these characters or the way the slap was handled by all the characters as each is forced to take sides. The boy is not his son. These lives, if representative, give an unflattering picture of booze and drug fuelled infidelity, abuse and selfishness.
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. I only finished it, because when I start a book, well I just finish it. Has Hugo, the brat, risen above his dreadful start? The boy is not his son. But the turmoil and the internal monologue of all the characters was done really well and makes for an excellent read. Ως ένα βαθμό θα νιώσεις ακόμα κι ενοχές. Το πώς ο άνθρωπος καταλήγει να ξεχνά από πού ξεκίνησε, χάρη σε ένα σπίτι στα προάστια κι ένα ακριβό αμάξι. A rousing follow-up to A Guide to the Good Life, A Slap in the Face will interest anyone who's ever delivered an insult or felt the sting of one--in other words, everyone.
The book was compelling to say the least. This book was simply filled with horrible misogynist men and women with victim complexes. Από τη μια εύχομαι να υπάρξουν κι άλλοι συγγραφείς σαν τον Τσιόλκα. Από την άλλη σκέφτομαι πως όχι, αυτό δε θα μπορούσε να συμβεί ποτέ. The boy is not his own.
The book gives more clues on this point than the television series, even with its ponderous voice-overs. I found the quality of writing a little patchy, and in places offensive. Filled with despicable but ultimately somehow sympathetic characters, a microcosm of friends and family becomes a commentary on the social make-up of the city of Melbourne, the country of Australia, and perhaps the world. Language used isn't amazing, cliches, lots of pointless swearing Too much use of the c word is not big or clever, especially on the first page. 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. Among the many damaged children in the book, the brutal Harry is the son of an abusive father, and the overprotective Rose the daughter of a distant mother. Tsiolkas does a brilliant job at showing us a cross section of Australian life, a seething mass of religions and cultures, sexualities and races.
The subject was interesting, but I just didn't like it. The differing reactions to the incident nearly encapsulate the attitudes of older immigrants with the more modern approach of their Australian-born children. This makes every one in the story uncomfortable and no doubtedly plays into their dislike for Hugo. Maybe if you find one or two of the characters that abhorrent, then skip their chapter! It must be such a great sell - in fact, I have mentioned it to other people and they have shown the same intrigue. Finally the slap, that is supposed to reverberate into each of the characters life, has just a very limited impact, apart from Rosie and her husband, and in my opinion was just an excuse. It is a fantastic idea, but it is very, very badly implemented.
But perhaps that is all he had to bind the book, and the characters, together. Φυσικά και το έγραψε Έλληνας. That is just great, fantastic. Deep down there is as much bad as there is good in us and this book depicts this realistically. ΥΓ1 : σχεδόν 700 σελίδες για ένα πλημμέλημα? It's overly simplistic to see this story as full of misogyny, but even if the charge held, novelists are under no obligation to be politically correct. To continue shopping at Indigo. Loaded, published when Tsiolkas was only thirty, was generally regarded as semi-autobiographical and deals with a young gay Greek man in flight from the values and constraints of his society and his family.