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Rust And Bone: Stories

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  453 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures up a bleak world populated by hardscrabble pugilists, fighting dogs, sex addicts, and others held captive by their own bad luck and bad decisions. Visceral and with a dark urgency, Rust and Bone is a strikingly original debut.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published 2005 by Penguin Books Canada
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I bought this book for a penny (A MOTHERF'ING PENNY - WOOT WOOT!!!!!!), and then a client sent this . . . .

Now someone bring me a fork.
Nov 16, 2015 Blake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hey all you midlifers who think dog-fighting and porn are edgy and know a story is deep when it delivers on the shitty fathers and vague regret - these seven Thom Jones and Chuck Palahniuk covers, and one unreadable novella, are for you! With all first-person narratives and zero subtext, and every third sentence lacking a subject noun, these stories are woven with all the lyrical grace of a loudmouth drunk who won't leave a tip before getting up to paint the sidewalk in vomit. These tales of blu ...more
What about a 3.5? I love this dude and I'm going to be following his career, but you can tell he's still a young writer and learning how to put a collection together, how to reel it in. I'm squeamish, so some of these stories were tough to stomach, but he's definitely talented writer who's not afraid to grit it up - he just needs to find that balance between being violent/transgressive/whatever for the heck of it and using it to tell the point, between writing in his voice and the narrator's. Ad ...more
I found this on J. Kent Messum's 10 Books That Made Me Squirm list
I was hesitant to rate this book somewhere between 2-3 stars but ended up with 2 stars because the last short story was mentally torturous which evoked an instant regret in buying this book. As a fan of the film, I had a rather high expectation in the book but in the actuality only a few elements were taken into the film adaptation. I noticed that most of the taken elements are from Rust And Bone and Rocket Ride where the life-turning events of two protagonists in the film adaption are based on. ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Moloch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Moloch by: Articolo Corsera
Altra lettura suggerita dal Corriere della Sera, Ruggine e ossa è l'esordio (ormai datato 2005) del giovane scrittore canadese Craig Davidson: non è un romanzo ma una raccolta di racconti. Avevo già provato a iniziarlo qualche tempo fa, ma non ero riuscita ad andare oltre il primo, non mi aveva "preso"; stavolta finalmente sono arrivata in fondo.

I protagonisti di queste brevi storie compongono una carrellata di sconfitti, nel corpo (la malattia, le ferite, le menomazioni sono un tema ricorrente)
Brett Starr
Apr 16, 2010 Brett Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding collection of short stories!

"Rust and Bone" is everything that it is hyped up to be, from all good reviews here on, to the praise on the front cover from Chuck Palahniuk (author of "Fight Club"), to the praise on the back cover from Bret Easton Ellis (author of "American Psycho).

There are eight excellent stories in the book, a few related by the most minor factors. The story topics range from boxing, magic, dog fighting, a repo man, a basketball prodigy, a aquarium sh
As a collection, Rust & Bone is problematic. Davidson is deft with a phrase and has his finger on the truth. But this collection of stories featuring washed up boxers, drunks, repo men, amputees and sex addicts begins to strains its credibility. It becomes simply too much.

Any of these stories stands well on its own. The characters are memorable and their stories contain brilliant flashes of humour. But mid-way through the collection, one can't help but feel that Davidson is piling it on too
It wasn’t the praise from Chuck Palahniuk on the front cover that made me read this; it was Thom Jones on the back. Their placement should have been reversed: the first few stories in this collection start out echoing the humble voice and style of Jones but quickly degenerate into the weary shock-and-ugh tactics ‘perfected’ by Palahniuk. it gets exhausting rather quickly.

That’s not to say the stories here are bad, perish the thought. Any one of these stories about the everyday damned is worthy o
This collection of eight stand alone short stories (each 20-30 pages long) features a diverse cast of protagonists—a boxer, a dead beat dad, a dog fight breeder, a whale trainer, a repo man, a sex addict, and a abandoned son searching for the father who abandoned him— who are all either depressed or defeated, or are in some way trying to recover from a debilitating event in their past.

Davidson’s writing style is thick with description and is quickly paced; this combination will ‘shock and awe’
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
boxe e degrado dell'anima

racconti con temi ricorrenti il cui filo conduttore è il degrado, lotte clandestine di cani, boxe thailandese, gente che perde una gamba mangiata da un cetaceo e via così...non particolarmente incisivo, ma il senso di angoscia lo trasmette tutto...

ps. rarissimo caso in cui il film mi è piaciuto di più
Jordan Anderson
I'll admit that I ended up liking this book way more than I thought I was going to.

Of course, having read Davidson's later work in the interconnected short story collection of Sarah's Court, and eating up everything published under the Cutter pseudonym, I knew beforehand that the guy was a freakishly talented author, capable of telling a story rich in detail and character depth (not to mention some totally amazing horror writing too), but I was surprised at the quality and skill set displayed in
J. Kent Messum
A great collection of short stories, mostly about tough guys in all kinds of trouble. I found the tone and originality more than satisfying. The writing is razor sharp, making for a lean book. A very masculine read, Rust & Bone has a quick pace and a keen eye for everyday ugliness that most might be unaware of. My only suspicion was that shock value was employed on occasion simply for the sake of it. Regardless, this is a book I highly recommend.
Nov 14, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first short story of this book was about a boxer with a haunted past. It was very well done and had an ending that stayed true to its entire form. Unfortunately, the rest of the stories were sensationalized and based primarily on shock-value. There was little substance to them and the book would have been much better if it stayed true to the makings of the first short story, entitled Rust and Bone.
Jun 07, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brian, Jessie and Brian
Recommended to Jake by: Zachary
Chuck Palahniuk liked it. Bret Easton Ellis liked it. And if for some reason you're still on the fence, I liked it. I haven't enjoyed being submerged in misery like this since a nurse had to help me wash myself with a sponge on a stick.
Mar 07, 2015 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially I was going to give up on this book. But that is not something I can do, so I persevered, and I'm glad that I made the effort.
There are bits in this book that are violent for the sake of being violent, it was particularly hard reading about the dog fighting in one of the first stories. But there are some bits that are tentative, and warm, and make you question what you think you know about people. Characters are re-visited, as are themes of drinking and boxing, but that's okay because
Feb 20, 2008 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read two stories out of this. The first one, though, about a boxer with broken hands and how they came to be broken, is the kind of story that I will never forget.
Dec 29, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the protagonists in this short story collection—from the sympathetic repo man with a conscience (“On Sleepless Roads”) to the deceptively genteel upper middle class suburbanite with a warped sense of fatherhood and canine love (“A Mean Utility”)—either suffer from some debilitating character flaw or suffer some life-altering calamity and populate a grim universe with little hope for improvement. Incredibly, whether out of sublime optimism or wildly inappropriate perceptions of reality, th ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it was an enjoyable read. There are moments when Davidsons use of language is simply brilliant, others where he falls back on old metaphors. I found his detailed descriptions of the processes of violence unerving and slightly disturbing, and this I feel is his strength. He is able to make me recoil, to make me feel uncomfortable but at the same time compelled to read on, perhaps even to finish the paragraph and find calmer section later on. Perhaps because it stirs feelings of my own bru ...more
Katie Mcsweeney
I cannot give a decent review (or start rating) as I was unable to read the last two stories :( My bag was stolen with this book in it... honestly :( In a way this is actually quite fitting because the world described in all of the short stories is gritty and tough. My life is pretty nice so the theft was a little bit of life imitating art!

The people and situations in the book are very dark. Imagine a sliding scale for fiction... with fairy-tales (all sweetness and light) on the left, reality (s
Martin Stanley
Oct 01, 2014 Martin Stanley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection. The main story is rendered in beautifully written prose. The recent (and very decent) film just doesn't capture the fighter's desperation or sense of decency. There are several other tales in here that come close to Rust and Bone's excellence, too. No doubt the best collection of stories that I'll read in 2014.
Randall Badness
Oct 31, 2015 Randall Badness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some excellent, hard punching short stories. Each one focusing on a complex characters that slowly reveal an unseen humanity. I'm hoping to get my hands on "The Fighter" sometime soon.
Nov 15, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I was 20 (that is, incredibly naive), I was really head over heels for this guy who had a lot of charm and, as it turned out, not much else. He was really into the Southern Gothic tough guy pose- whiskey and women, part-time boxer, slumming with the poor when in fact he was privileged and spoiled. Unable to imagine a woman who isn't a stripper, porn star, waitress, or receptionist. And of course a beautiful one at that. This guy wanted to be a writer. If he were to write a collection of sto ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Matthew rated it did not like it
Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) is such an awesome movie. The short stories in this collection are not.
Sep 20, 2014 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two stories.

I found the writing great, very strong, making me cringe at some of the pain, and really feeling for the situation and characters.

I stopped after two stories. The soft side of the stories, the niceness amongst the grit, blood and sweat seemed out of place and a little forced.

I would try another work by this author, but not these stories.
Charlie Green
So, so violent! Raw, gritty and made me pretty squeamish. There were times when I soldiered on, really not enjoying this at all. But when summarising the stories back, they are actually great stories. I wouldn't read it again, but I must say that the film is absolutely cracking! It's a 3 from me...
Oct 15, 2013 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good short story collection from an author I'll definitely be keeping an eye on, though I didn't think it was nearly as violent and disturbing as some made it out to be, with the exception of 'A Mean Utility', which was incredibly disturbing, and also my favorite story in the collection. I will say that I don't really get the constant Palahniuk comparisons everyone seems to be making with Craig Davidson. I suppose the similarity is that some of the stories tend to be violent and disturbing, ...more
Rosendale Theatre
Read the short stories that inspired the french film.
George Ilsley
Jun 27, 2011 George Ilsley rated it liked it
Having read one of the pieces in a magazine, I wanted to read the collection. However, this is one of those unfortunate collections where the work shrinks as one keeps reading. Really there are only a few good stories here, and side by side, they fight with each other to be noticed. The only way to read this collection would be to read one story, wait several months, and then read another. Of course, you won't be able to remember which ones you have already read, but that won't matter in the lea ...more
Brandon Tietz
Aug 11, 2010 Brandon Tietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this collection. Actually, I almost loved it, but the trap that Davidson falls into is the same that many collections do, and that's repitition. These stories punch you, and Davidson hits you where it hurts. He's an effective writer that way, but after so many pages of GORE! BLOOD! GORE! BONE! BLOOD! TENDONS! it can really wear you down and you start to wait for Davidson's next assault, whether it's by killer whale or fists or dogs.

These stories are great, but I don't recommned reading t
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Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels, who has published work under both his own name and the pen name Patrick Lestewka. His style has been compared to that of Chuck Palahniuk.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St. Catharines.

His first short story collection, Rust and Bone, was later published in September 2005 by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finali
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