Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Handling Sin

Handling SinHandling Sin by Michael Malone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

On the Ides of March, our hero, Raleigh Whittier Hayes (forgetful husband, baffled father, prosperous insurance agent, and leading citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina), learns that his father has discharged himself from the hospital, taken all his money out of the bank and, with a young black female mental patient, vanished in a yellow Cadillac convertible. Left behind is a mysterious list of seven outrageous tasks that Raleigh must perform in order to rescue his father and his inheritance.

And so Raleigh and fat Mingo Sheffield (his irrepressibly loyal friend) set off on an uproarious contemporary treasure hunt through a landscape of unforgettable characters, falling into adventures worthy of Tom Jones and Huck Finn. A moving parable of human love and redemption, Handling Sin is Michael Malone's comic masterpiece.

My Thoughts:
This is probably in my top 3 books, ever. I love books about adventure and I love books that make me laugh. Handling Sin has both in spades. It's even funnier to me now since I moved to the South.

I read this book for the first time about 8 years ago. It was just as enjoyable this time around as it was the last time. It had me laughing out loud every time I picked it up. And giggling to myself when I was thinking about it later on. Don't be intimidated by the size of this book. It is big. It will take you a while to get through it. But it is a pleasure the entire time.

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