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The Bible Salesman by Clyde Edgerton

The Bible Salesman

by Clyde Edgerton

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The burial of the cat toward the beginning of the book is well worth the price of admission (David Sedaris gives a plug for the "burial tuck" on the cover of the book). It's not often that words on a page make me laugh at loud, but Edgerton is one of the folks who can do it (Sedaris is another). Add to that the character of the Bible salesman who muses on the disturbing inconsistencies of the Scriptures he's hawking and...well...I'm sold! ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book had potential and there were good parts, just not worth it in the long run. Stick to Flannery O'Conner. ( )
  viviennestrauss | May 10, 2015 |
Meh. The reviews that I read said it was 'hysterical'. I didn't find anything funny about it, and I have a pretty dry sense of humor. The story is dull and the writing is poor. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
I love Clyde Edgerton. This one jumped around awkwardly in time. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Edgerton's story of a young, wildly naïve bible salesman who falls into the web of wayward car thief and career criminal, Preston Clearwater, somewhat disappoints. It seems that it's trying to be a comedy but isn't quite funny enough. The parts with hapless Henry unwittingly falling for Clearwater's ruse that he's working with the FBI to bust a car theft ring pair unevenly with much more compelling tastes of the bible salesman's childhood. Here is the odd book that might have been better had it taken itself a little more seriously. ( )
  yourotherleft | Nov 9, 2013 |
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mostly the novel rides like the cars Clearwater steals, bouncing gently over the bumpy back roads.
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A man driving a new Chrysler automobile along a dirt road near the North Carolina mountain town of Cressler saw a boy up ahead, dressed in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, with a suitcase and valise by his feet. The boy was standing in front of a grocery store, thumbing a ride.
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Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing two chain saws and 1600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the Army during the Second World War. Back on the road in post-war North Carolina, a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitch-hiking Henry Dampier, an innocent nineteen-year-old Bible salesman. Clearwater immediately recognizes Henry as just the associate he needs--one who will believe Clearwater is working as an F.B.I. spy; one who will drive the cars Clearwater steals as Clearwater follows along in another car at a safe distance. Henry joyfully sees a chance to lead a dual life as Bible salesman and a G-man.
During his hilarious and scary adventures we learn of Henry's fundamentalist youth, an upbringing that doesn't prepare him for his new life. As he falls in love and questions his religious training, Henry begins to see he's being used--that the fun and games are over, that he is on his own in a way he never imagined.

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In post-war North Carolina, a member of a car-theft ring picks up an innocent nineteen-year-old Bible saleman and recognizes the young man as just the associate he needs--one who will believe he is working as an F.B.I. spy, one who will drive the cars he steals.… (more)

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