The Slap

Have you read or watched The Slap, said to be ‘one of the most provocative, controversial and talked about’ series on Australian television this year? The novel, by Chris Tsiolkas, has won several awards. What do you think of it?



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9 responses to “The Slap

  1. Helen Attar

    I didn’t enjoy the book at all – I thought most of the characters were horrid, shallow people. Oddly enough I enjoyed the TV series though!

    • Lucy

      The Slap certainly aroused mixed feelings – I can’t say I enjoyed it but I couldn’t stop reading it…and I too enjoyed the TV series. Most of the characters had no redeeming features – it was as if the author only exposed the negative parts of their personalities – they must have had some good points. The only 2 people to elicit any empathy were the old people.

  2. Rebecca

    That’s interesting Helen, I’m about to start the book so will share my comments when I’m done reading!

  3. Loved the book, and what I managed to see of the TV series. I’m a fan of Tsiolkas’s passionate and daring work. Dead Europe is stunning.

  4. el

    The characters may be unlikeable but the way the book is written is brilliant.
    Loved the TV series, great cast….

  5. Helen Bruce

    I was really looking forward to reading the book but was bitterly disappointed. If it was well written, It could have been a very interesting book as it was based on a good idea but unfortunately the characters were so exaggerated and unlikeable it read like an over the top soap opera.

  6. I too found the characters in The Slap shallow and self indulgent. I also read Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom around the same time and guess what? All the characters in that are shallow and self indulgent too.
    Maybe there is a message here!

    • Mmm, yes, I know what you mean. I’ve just caught up with the film of the blog / book “Julie and Julia” (New York foodie takes on Julia Child’s cookbook) and the characters in that were so superficial and self-absorbed that I could have slapped them! (oops, no pun intended…) On the other hand, could there be a more shallow woman than Emma Bovary? – except that Flaubert makes her utterly fascinating…

      • Yes, well, Tsoilkas and Franzen fall well short of Flaubert as authors (and look what happens to Emma). But there is a big difference between a single shallow character in a novel and every character being superficial