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The Dirty Parts of the Bible -- A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sam Torode
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Funny as hell, with a heart as big as Texas"

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 Water for Elephants, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Mark Twain, and Johnny Cash.

Semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Publishers Weekly says:

"While the title suggests a raunchy read, this rich and soulful novel is actually a rather well-done bildungsroman [coming-of-age story] steeped in wanderlust and whimsy that at times recalls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and at others a tamer On the Road. The story begins in 1936 as 19-year-old Tobias is thumbing his way from Remus, Mich., to his uncle's farm in Glen Rose, Tex., to find a hidden bag of money, after his father, a Baptist pastor, drunkenly slams his car into the church and is removed from the parsonage. The author does an excellent job in making well-charted territory (riding the rails; scavenged campfire meals under the stars) seem vibrant and new. Snippets of scripture, Southern spirituals, and folk ballads lend context and flavor to the text. Most impressive are the jangly dialogue and the characters' distinctive voices, which are authentic and earthy but not remotely hoary. When Tobias finally arrives at his uncle's, the surprises that await him are more than enough to keep his--and readers'--interests piqued." (Review from the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

"The Dirty Parts of the Bible has it all ... a plot that brings lots of laughs and a few tears, a writing style that is comfortable and matches the story, and characters that are pure joy." --Front Street Reviews

"The Dirty Parts of the Bible is a grown-up Mark Twain-type adventure with lots of spirit and humor." --Reader Views

"A fun read." --The Nashville Scene

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ST Book Arts; 3 edition (9 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15MO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I'm a writer, artist, and book designer enjoying life in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Favorite authors include Emerson, Hawthorne, Twain, Flannery O'Connor, Garrison Keillor, G. K. Chesterton, P. G. Wodehouse, Joseph Campbell, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and many others.

As Groucho Marx said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between Huckleberry Finn and Grapes of Wrath 22 Mar. 2012
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I picked this up mainly because of it being referred to as a more adult Huckleberry Finn (which I loved) and it did not disappoint. Nor did it disappoint on its selection of title - I can't say I've been through the Bible looking for the dirty bits but these came across in a delightfully irreverent way, given the central character's young repressed years.
The book divides roughly into three - for me the least interesting was the first part, focused on Tobias' background and narrow life experiences as a preacher's son. The second part, shared with hobos on the railroad boxcars was a delight for anyone with wanderlust. As for the third part, I don't go for romance books much but Tobias' growing relationship with a tomboy on a Southern farm wouldn't let me put the book down till I'd finished.
Probably the main delight of the book for me was Craw, a one handed Negro hobo with a really great philosophy on life. Five and a half stars from me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and whimsical 4 Mar. 2011
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I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but I downloaded the sample chapter after reading rave reviews on a friend's blog. And after those first few pages, I was hooked. Tobias was such a real and loveable character. The questions he struggled with are the questions that every person who's even flirted with religion will come to. But there was a lot more than philosophy to this book. There was adventure, friendship, and love.

Never predictable, and always enjoyable, I would recommend THE DIRTY PARTS OF THE BIBLE to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Deep South hobo coming-of-age romance 29 Jan. 2012
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Mark Twain meets Tom Waits in this beautifully comic and moving picaresque coming-of-age story about a teenage boy escaping his Bible-bashing father during the Great Depression and hitting the road in search of buried treasure and the truth about love. Tobias Henry is a great character, stubborn, restless, ever-questioning, and he more than meets his match in the shape of plucky but 'cursed' tomboy, Sarah, and wisecracking Black hobo, Craw. I caught the movie Paper Moon [Region 2] [import] on TV the day after finishing this and it had just the same beautiful air of humour, pathos and adventure. Brilliantly written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious but at times Brutal 20 Sept. 2012
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I bought this book for the title alone - yes, I seem to be doing a LOT of that lately, but in nearly every single instance, I have been rewarded with a book that is just as funny as the title. I was not left wanting from this title either. This book is at times a hilarious walk through the 1930s from the perspective of a preachers son. At other times it is raw and poignant in it's telling of the shame that is associated with sex and religion. Overall, a fantastic read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Almighty Read.... 12 Nov. 2012
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The story of young Tobias's journey from Michigan to Texas and back is truly heartwarming. His innocence is soon shocked into the realties outside his small home town of Remus. His adventures with Craw and others are defintely Huckleberryesque and Tobias finding true love with Sarah is both moving and poignant. The author, Sam Torode, makes clever use of the words and stories in the "Bible" and interweaves them subtly into the plot. It is one of those books that you hope will never end. If you buy this book you'll be truly thankful for what you've received. Thank you Mr Torode and Tobias. And Amen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book a lot 6 Nov. 2014
By Ian
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I really enjoyed this book a lot.

I am not religious but apparently this is the telling of a story that appears in the bible but set in the modern world so it is easier to relate to it. I found it funny in parts (meets hobos), emotional in others (falling in love or lust) and generally full of happy feelings based on everyday events.

The book is easy to read and follow and is not the most taxing of books, but I didn't want to be taxed, I wanted to be entertainded and made to feel good about the world I live in and the company I keep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good if you like that sort of thing. 18 April 2015
By D. Bull
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As it happens I do but it may not be everybody's cup of tea. First the part I didn't like. I'm quite a shallow person as a reader and I like a plot whereas this novel meanders a little, visiting backwaters, literally at times and mosying (is that a word?) along to its destination.
Now the good part. To start with the writing flows off the page so well that it almost reads itself to you. The characters are perhaps a little too nice at tims but they are lovingly drawn so we'll forgive that. I read a predictable criticism that the book was predictable because it was all too 'nice.' What a load of ********* (British swearword.) Why shouldn't a novel be allowed to leave you with a warm feeling that there are good people in the World? Why does a book have to be full of doom and gloom to be considered good?
Well done Sam Torode on writing a lovely piece of prose that made me think almost as often as it made me smile. It had me feeling I was riding the trains and mixing with the hobo's in another age. As a writer myself, albeit failing miserably writer at the moment, I know how difficult it is to make something flow in the way this does. I'd say to one and all, give it a go, you never know you might enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 28 Aug. 2012
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This is an excellently written coming of age tale, set in the 1940s in America. It tells the story of a preacher's son, who goes on the road to try and find buried treasure that is needed to help save his family from financial ruin. I suppose the premise of the book is nothing ground breaking but the writing has a kind of warm humour to it that is not exactly laugh out loud funny but is enjoyable.

With this being a self published book it is worth mentioning that there are no mistakes that I can recall in the text and the story has a satisfying structure to it. While this might be a given for traditionally published authors it is far too often not achieved by self published books.

The story might be a little bit predictable(in fact it is based upon an old Jewish myth, if I remember rightly) but the quality of the writing stands out and the characters are likeable and believable. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about the transition from boyhood to being a man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty parts
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were great and the time their adventure was set in was interesting.
I don't think the title was appropriate.
Published 4 hours ago by Geoboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is
A great story well told. Not quite a rite of passage, but close....
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good amusing read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, let's hope that there is a part 2 of the book, I'll be waiting,thanks Sam.
Published 10 days ago by D.sunders
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
What started shakily developed into a great story
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars There's always one
Sorry, not for me. Too derivative and too -well- nice. There's no tension. You are never in any doubt that whatever mild scrapes Tobias gets into, in the end he will get the girl,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought this was brilliantly written. Loved the characters
Thought this was brilliantly written. Loved the characters, non-stop story and just wanted more. Looking forward to reading more by Sam Torode.
Published 22 days ago by Raemamba
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and enjoyable.
A very interesting and at times humorous tale. I was not sure of the perspective at first then I found I could not put the book down. Gentle and enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable without being trite
The comparison to 'Oh brother, where art thou?' is a good one. It has the same balance of humour, the supernatural and larger than life characters, set in the Depression. Read more
Published 1 month ago by phlipp
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Found myself chuckling in parts. Not sure about the demon part but an enjoyable read overall. Looked forward to reading it every night which is a good sign.
Published 7 months ago by Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book. I did not want it to end. I could not put it down. Very funny. I bough it on offer 99p well spent!!
Published 7 months ago by David L
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