Title: The Dirty Parts of the Bible
Author: Sam Tarode
Date of Publication: Mar 23 2010
“It’s a novel and isn’t what it sounds like…” This was the recommendation of my 7th grade English teacher, who also happens to have been my 8th grade history teacher, which is less relevant, but still a fun fact.
I had some concerns with this book, when I was only a few pages in. It begins just north of Grand Rapids, MI, a city near and dear (technically three hours away) to my heart, which for some reason threw me off, but that mental block was quickly removed by Tarode’s wit and wisdom.
Set in 1936, Tobias Henry, son of a preacher is forced to go to TX looking for a lost family fortune. Before too long, he meets Craw, a hobo who takes him under his wing and becomes his guide to Texan soil. The lessons that await Tobias in Texas ranging from fornication to family to faith and one might just learn a thing or two along the way.
This is a book for fans of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, looking for a new twist on classic adventure. Tarode weaves a unique tapestry that will cause the reader to think, question, and find a deeper truth, as Craw, the hobo-philosopher says so eloquently, “a truth so big, so far beyond our understanding, that the only way we can grasp it is through a story.”
Okay TumblrVerse. I didn’t quite make goal one of the new year. I didn’t finish Book One by January 7th. But that was only a mini-goal, because the real goal is to read 52 books this year. Which is totally doable. As long as I start now. So, for now, I’m off, but there will be more.