Book Review: The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode
Tobias Henry is the teen aged son of a Baptist preacher in rural Michigan. He also is the narrator of The Dirty Parts Of The Bible, a rollicking fun novel that relates the story of being sent to Texas to search for old family treasure. It is a tale that will include jumping trains and camping with the hobos as well as meeting up with his long lost Texas relations, who put something of a different spin on the father who was facing disgrace and destitution as Tobias sets off on his adventure.
Torode does an absolutely wonderful job of portraying the ragged men who rode the rails as stow aways in the years surrounding the Great Depression and the novel is a period piece that focuses on human scaled emotions and foibles in a tone that is both nostalgic and credibly naive as Tobias loses his money but keeps his virginity (much to his own chagrin) in what might be called a classic coming of age story.
In an afterword, Torode states that this novel is a retelling of the classic Jewish tale of Tobias and Sarah. I honestly don’t know enough about Judaism to know if that is true or not. I do know that this is a wonderful novel. I also know that the eBook layout is far superior to most any fiction I have seen, and the fonts and art work really contribute to the novel’s Depression era setting. If you need some good belly laughs, and a well told yarn The Dirty Parts Of The Bible is Highly Recommended.