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Between Huckleberry Finn and Grapes of Wrath
on 22 March 2012
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.