Monday, November 15, 2010
The Book of Eli by Sam Moffie
Meet Eli Canaan- a sex crazed maniac making a trip to heaven courtesy of the wife he cheated on, a gypsy with an answer for her, and the hex that did the deed. The Book of Eli by Sam Moffie is the story of that trip and what lead up to it...
Eli Canaan is a believer. And, like many, he believes himself to be a principled and moral man. Well, for the most part anyway. But, after a series of missteps, sins, some would say, Eli's life is suddenly and unexpectedly altered forever. A spurned wife, a gypsy, a hex and spiritual intervention may all be at the root of Eli's unexpected, deep and earnest introspection, which is like nothing he has experienced before -
in THIS world.
An uplifting story of hope and meaning and belief in the goodness that can come by opening one's eyes to he Heavens...
My first impression when starting to read The Book of Eli by Sam Moffie was to put it down. The hero of the story was this sex crazed guy named Eli who had a one track mind, that was constantly painted in black & white (and I mean constantly) on the pages in front of me. When Eli finally finds himself in heaven, his wife had hired a gypsy to cast a hex on Eli's philandering ways and it turned out a little differently than she expected, the story takes a turn for the better. Eli encounters a cast of characters that aim to teach him a thing or two about himself and his sinning ways, and to prepare him for a job he was destined to do. God, who has the voice of Orson Welles, greets Eli upon his arrival, Groucho Marx is Eli's heavenly guide, and Freud has a thing or two to say too. Ayn Rand has a chit chat with Eli as does atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair. The banter between these characters warmed me to Eli and to the book. Well written with a good deal of sarcasm, The Book of Eli is ultimately a story of redemption. A slim book of about 150 pages, that's not quite a "chick" book, but definitely for readers who enjoy a bit of biting humor.
About Sam Moffie... The Book of Eli is Sam Moffie's fourth novel. The other three have won numerous awards and received glowing reviews. When not writing or marketing, he can be found observing human nature at his bars in Youngstown, Ohio. Forty-nine years of age, Sam resides with Juliette and a host of family members who enjoy a good fire, fine wine, backyard foosball, good movies and of course good books. When all else fails, there is always a walk with the dogs.
Sam Moffie is virtually touring the blogosphere to promote The Book of Eli this month courtesy of Pump Up Your Book. Chick with Books is participating in that tour with today's review! I also received my review copy of The Book of Eli courtesy of Pump Up Your Books.