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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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The Slap
The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas

This book is one I'd heard a lot about, and picked up about a year ago from a charity shop. I've only just made it through the pile and onto reading it.

The Slap focuses on a group of people affected by an incident at a barbecue. One guest reprimands a child who has been misbehaving and the action divides not only opinion, but family and friendships, too.

Post-slap, the book is broken up into eight sections, from the viewpoints of different characters who were there to witness the action and who have to live with the consequences. I really like the way this book was written, but if I'm honest, there wasn't one of the plethora of characters which I actually liked. At all. I'll admit, this fact did make it a little more difficult to finish the book than I'd have liked.

The consequences of the actual incident are resolved about halfway through the book itself, but the story continues, presumably to highlight that things have changed and the resulting issues continue.

I really wanted to like this book and expected to do so more than I did. Do you ever find a book which just doesn't quite live up to your expectations?


6 comments:

  1. I felt the exact same way about this book. I didn't like any of the characters apart from maybe the woman who went on the business trip to Thailand or similar?

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    1. Yeah, I wasn't really a fan of any of them.

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  2. That is a shame! I read Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell after living the tv serial and found it utterly dull and drivelly, I had to abandon half way as I couldn't stand it!x

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    1. I really hate to leave a book halfway through and try never to do so, but ugh.

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  3. Argh I hate it when this happens! I can't tell you how many times I've not given up on a book only to be really dissapointed at the end. A short while ago I decided not to waste anymore time finishing a book I wasn't enjoying just in case the end was worth it, because it rarely is. Life's too short x

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    1. I hate leaving a book unfinished. However much I am not enjoying a book, I'll slog through.

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