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Slapping Man

Slapping Man by Andrew Lindsay
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The Slapping Man — a bawdy, hilarious, poignant tale of a world turned inside out. Welcome to Salvation, a ribald town where nothing is sacred - except perhaps the beer, the sex and the fishing. A town so haunted by its past it can only function in the present. No wonder the locals call this place Ruination. The people are ready for a saviour and when Ernie, The Slapping Man, enters their lives he beguiles them with a most unusual patter: ‘Don't be sad, no need to frown, The Slapping Man has come to town. Feel your life's a horrid trap? Just step up and take a slap!' The odd thing is that it seems to work — a single slap and they glow with joy. Is it true? Does Ernie's jaw really have magical properties? Suddenly the people of Salvation are caught up in a strange mania: the pure addiction to the pleasure of letting fly at The Slapping Man. Rejuvenation is theirs as Ernie becomes Salvation's salvation. There's just one problem - Slapping Men don't last forever . . . ‘The Slapping Man — another creation of intoxicating wildness and excitement. A big, slapping shout of a book from a writer who creates and celebrates his own world of the marvellous, the mythical, and the grotesque.' — Peter Bishop, Varuna Writers Centre
Allen & Unwin; January 2003
316 pages; ISBN 9781741153446
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Title: Slapping Man
Author: Andrew Lindsay
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