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The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel Paperback – March 23, 2010
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From the Back Cover
It's 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls.
Mostly girls, of course.
But being a Baptist preacher's son, he can't escape God.
When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he's initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish. But when he meets Sarah, a tough farm girl under a dark curse, he finds out that the greatest challenge of all is love.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story made me laugh out loud often in the first chapter of the Kindle sample, and so I had to buy the book right away. I gladly paid $2.99 -- a total no-brainer. The clever interplay of scene, language--and surprisingly scripture and conservative Christian values in a home of a Pastor's son--works beautifully. If you know much about the Bible, this story will strike a chord with you--it's almost like an inside joke. Very clever.
The title has such a hook and sounds like the story itself may be "dirty," but it's not. There's some naughty parts in the story that's the kind of stuff that makes kids laugh in the back of a classroom. The title fits the story and the character of Tobias Henry.
Sam Torode is a book designer, and it's clear that the same level of care and creativity he used for this book's cover and titillating title went into writing this Huckleberry-Finn-for-Adults story of Tobias Henry.
I can't wait for the next novel from this guy.
Others have suggested that the ending was contrived, but I feel it amplifies the entire feeling of the book. Not everything must be taken literally, and we each slay our dragons in our own way.
Mr. Torode seems to have a gift for period dialogue, and I'm sure his grandparents helped him with that. Sarah had many facets that made her easy for me to identify with, Tobias is a self-effacing, hilariously innocent hero, and Craw is a true gentleman when it's called for and wise when it's necessary. It's cinematic, optimistic, cynical and joyous, and no animals were harmed in the making-except for poor Old Squeal. But at least you get to find out what pork rinds used to be called. "Cracklins" is the better, more descriptive term. Since when is a pig a fruit?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
from the title, I really didn't know what to expect. Inot reading it, I found it to be very entertaining and enjoyable. I highly recommend it.Published 1 day ago by a d.
I really loved this book! It reminded me a little of Cold Sassy Tree, which is one of my favorite books. Read morePublished 3 days ago by E. Ciroli
Very easy reading. great truths here. I truly enjoyed reading it. Many readers would benefit from its words. Get it and read it.Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
Humorous story of growing up and falling in love as compared to passages from the bible. Nice story and quick read.Published 3 days ago by rjesrom
I don't usually even get books like this but I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it. I am also going to suggest it to my book club. There were a few typos but not a lot.Published 3 days ago by PeTey
This is a very enjoyable read. The number of reviews clearly shows it is a popular novel. The writing style is engaging and very entertaining. This is a very nice story. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jay B
A lovely re-telling of an ancient story. And even better the second time around.
It's a quick and entertaining read.