The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The-Slap-by-Christos-Tsiolkas1This books was recommended to me by an Australian librarians from Deep Springs (thanks Alexandra).  At first it was hard to get into, but then I gradually started reading it in smaller chunks, almost like a soap opera.  It is told from multiple points of view, but moving forward chronologically.  So as the novel unfolds you learn more and more about the background of the protagonists.  Very ambitious, and it succeeds.  Towards the second half I began to look forward to immersing myself again in the world of Aisha, Ritchie, Hector and Anouk.  It is definitely for adults, by the way.  Not for children!  It is pretty grim, but ends on a hopeful note.  Or has the great circle of life just come around to the next generation?

And I just saw that Uma Thurman yesterday has been cast as Anouk in the U.S. produced forthcoming film for television. Wow.

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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