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Semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and Previous Number One Bestseller in Humorous Literary Fiction

"A rich and soulful novel...steeped in wanderlust and whimsy." (Publishers Weekly)
 

"The Dirty Parts of the Bible might just be the long-awaited great American novel." (New York Times best-selling author John M. Perkins)
 

The Dirty Parts of the Bible is a humorous adventure across America during the Great Depression - a rollicking tale of love and liquor, preachers and prostitutes, trains and treasure, sure to appeal to fans of O Brother Where Art Thou?Water for Elephants, Mark Twain, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. 

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.

©2010 Sam Torode (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Really enjoyed it!

The Dirty Parts of the Bible
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Loved this book! It was about a over zealot preacher who sends his son to Texas to finding hidden money and the crazy adventures the son has along the way. The son, Tobias, befriends a hobo before finding family in Texas. His family in Texas take him in and he learns more about his dad and life. A fun, enjoyable, and thoughtful read. Could not stop once I started.
This is the second time I read it. Read it by ebook in 2015 and received an Audible book from freeaudiblecodes and finished it today. Still loved it.

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  • CJ
  • 01-21-21

Entertaining!

Not what I was expecting but highly entertaining. First book I’ve read in a while that made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended for someone looking to get out of their normal reading rut.

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No—just no

I did not like this book. The story was terrible, and the narrator was not good at all.

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Wonderful Reading.

This my fellow story lovers is one hell of a very good book!
Nuff Said.

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Hated it

I disliked this book with the passion of a thousand white hot suns. The protagonist was 20 years old while the narrator sounded well past middle age. It was hard to make sense of an older person or even a 20 year old being such a dunce. I found him irritatingly stupid. This is NOT the next great American novel. Something this cloyingly backward and ignorant never needs to be written again.

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Good listen

This was an enjoyable book, I enjoyed the humorous banter between the characters. It's not as the title may suggest full of sexual content. Worth a listen.

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  • 04-11-21

very funny an heartwarming tale

I liked all the characters in the story but particularly the hobo craw. The performance was great and made the story really come alive for me.

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  • Book Monitor
  • 08-31-20

A coming of age tale set in the Great Depression.

The narrator was very good for this short novel telling the journey literally and figuratively of Tobias, as he goes back to his father's family farm across America Michigan, to Texas to find money, hidden years before, to save the family after his father goes blind. He meets Craw, a hobo who takes him under his wing and he discovers the wider world and of course himself
It is witty, at times poignant, evocative of the time, yet a tale for any time.
I enjoyed it a lot but felt there was a lack of depth and development to a lot of the characters. This is not unusual in short books I find. I would be interested in other things by this author.
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  • Brian
  • 10-16-19

Wonderfully rich comic odyssey

Charmingly entertaining book - we’re on an odyssey with Tobias back to his families birthplace in mid 30s America and we’ll meet some colourful characters on the way - some are friends, some are out to stiff us. Funny, sweet, earthy and rich. Torode’s sparkling writing serves up characters who all have an extra dimension that makes them interesting. A story with a proper beginning, middle & ends and very well narrated, too. One of my few 5 star reviews - just a shame it’s not longer.