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The Slap

Discussion in 'Book club' started by Victoria Plum, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Victoria Plum

    Victoria Plum New commenter

    I am reading this and am going to an actual real-life Book Club on the 25th of this month to "discuss it" - exciting!! I'm only part way through it but I am finding it's causing conflicting emotions in me. Initially I thought that the child deserved a good smack and was disgusted at the lack of discipline Hugo's parents showed him. I find them both incredibly annoying!! There was a mini-twist for me as well because I was assuming it was Hector who was going to smack him and I didn't actually like him very much so couldn't muster much sympathy for him. BUT when Harry smacked him I felt very sorry for him until the chapter which focused on him when I found I didn't like his character very much either. So, at this point (and I'm only up to 'Connie's' chapter) I don't like anybody very much and the only person I have any sympathy for is Hugo - that's just because it's purely the fault of his obnoxious parents that he's behaving like he does! And personally I don't like all the swearing, sex and drug-taking. If I hadn't bought this book and was reading it for a reason I probably would have given up on it...
  2. laura1406

    laura1406 New commenter

    I liked some parts of it but hated the fact they were all swearing so much and there was so much drugs. It just seemed a bit weird how even the grandparents were ****** and jeffing. Overall I have to say I wasn't keen and one of the reasons were the paragraphs and chapters were so long!
  3. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I just read up to the end of a section and can manage several before I drop off. It will take me about 4 weeks to read though. I'm quite enjoying it at present though it is a bit like watching "Mistresses" on the tele - you know its a bit rubbish but want to know what happens. I expected it to have more substance but maybe I've not read enough yet. Btw - grandparents do sometimes swear - this one does anyway.

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