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Not recommended by the Australian Tourist Board ...,
This review is from: The Slap (Paperback)
I have been reading this because it was the choice for our book group (the other one we chose this time was Hardy's 'Under the Greenwood Tree', and I can hardly think of a more mind-boggling contrast). It's a long time since I've read a more unpleasant, misogynistic book so obsessed with crude sex, swearing, nastiness, with characters you would be more likely to see in the dock than at your party. The whole set-up, concentrating on a series of players in the drama of 'the slap' (a major non-event), seems an excuse to focus on their sex lives, which are described in terms so crude and basic that it reads like porn, while the other parts of their largely humdrum lives are depicted in tedious detail. I'm not by any means a prude but whatever happened to loving, joyful sex between two people who actually like each other and are not cheating on someone else? Long since disappeared from Australian life, if this book is to be believed. And, like porn, once you've read one hideously explicit description, you've really read them all. Not only that, but the characters are, without exception, deeply unpleasant people: greedy, angry, drunken, lecherous, lying, self-obsessed, woman-hating, homophobic and vilely racist. I have long wanted to visit Australia, but if these people are typical of those I might meet there, I think I'll be staying at home. How it was long-listed for the Booker is beyond me: I can't imagine the judges were stupid enough to equate the constant stream of abusive, sexist and racist language with cutting edge literary fiction. Horrible, horrible book.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 22:39:03 BDT
D. Smyth says:
Totally agree with your review, well said !
Posted on 30 Jan 2012 14:09:30 GMT
Michaela Drizhalova says:
I absolutely agree with your review, the misogyny and the horrible sex really do get tedious after a few pages.
Posted on 21 May 2013 09:39:18 BDT
I did not like the book that much (I am Australian) and I can say that this is not a good representation on Australians and I have seen lots of people that have read this book and been given a bad review of Australians.
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