Book Review: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Set in the contemporary Australian suburbs to a backdrop of second generation immigration and overt drug use, The Slap deals with the lives of various characters all interlinked by one incident at a barbecue where a man slaps an overprotected child that is not his, in front of the parents and all of the party’s guests. The fallout affects friendships, family and relationships as they all struggle with their opinions on the subject.

Truly a book for the modern times, this wasn’t a favourite of mine. This is possibly because I am not a parent or wife yet and therefore can’t imagine what it would be like to be in the female characters’ positions. I like a romantic happy ending, not gritty real life. (My parents would say that this is why I spend my life constantly disappointed – because life is unfortunately not like the movies – I dare to dream).

The book was a huge success in Australia and become a very popular television series and will soon be made into a film. Maybe I’d enjoy it more on the screen.

Have you read it? What did you think?