Rule of the Bone
“Life isn’t perfect”. As cliché as this may sound, it proves to be true in circumstances that involve individuals who are surrounded by negative influences. In Rule of The Bone, by Russell Banks, the protagonist Chappie is an example of an imperfect life due to others. The message in the novel is what raises its level of reality in the novel. The realism of the novel adds to its popularity and is what creates its...more
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31 August 2011
Book Review C
Banks, Russel. Rule of the Bone; “A Novel”. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1995.
Rule of the Bone by Russel Banks is a fantastic read because of the experiences, and memories of the main character, Chappie (or Bone later in the book). Russel Banks does a great job of incorporating the crazy experiences of a rebel teen into a book that sounds believable. The description that Banks puts into certain scenes really makes the book fun, and...more
Bone begins to mature once he meets I-Man, a true-blue Rastafarian...more
Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks is about a boy named Chappie Dorset. the book is set in upstate new york where Chappie lives with his mother and step-father. In the beginning of the book we are told that Chappie's step-father has been repeatedly sexually abusing him. This really impacted Chappie because he was unable to trust people and began to be a rebel at a very young age. This rebellion lead to Chappie being thrown out of his house. With no where to go and nobod...more
Chappies was introduced to the use of drugs at an early age. He started smoking weed and hanging around the wrong people. From this point on everything seemed to go down hill. Chappie ran away from home. After that his relationship with his mom was drainin...more
He leaves his house and has no where to go except to his older friends who aren't the best influences. He has to move around and around cause he has no permanant place and has to hide from everyone that c...more
Prior to reading this book, I saw the film adaptation of The Sweet Hereafter and listened to Banks speak after. He said he felt Rule of the Bone and T.S.H., if he had...more
La storia è una storia di evoluzione, un ragazzino che scappa da casa e trova nel corso del romanzo una propria identità, passando dalla ribellione fine a sè stessa a maturare una propria personalità. Sbanda, fa cose sbagliate, conosce gente strana, viene adottato da una banda di Bikers fascistoidi, vive in un autobus abbandonato...more
This is how I would describe Rule of the Bone.
Just read this book for the first time in a decade. I thought about recommending it to people, but when I read the professional reviews on Amazon, I rewondered if my 26-year-old self would like it as much as my 16-year-old self. I did! And in different ways, I think.
Bone is really a story about finding yourself in the suckiest of situations, even wh...more
There are some books that are just so implausible that you cannot suspend disbelief enough to derive any enjoyment from reading them. "Rule of the Bone" falls dangerously close into that category, but the earnest writing of Russell Banks redeems itself in the end.
The implausibility in this case comes from the protagonist and narrator, a 13 year old homeless juvenile delinquent/drug dealer/miscreant/ne'er-do-well in upstate New York who after finding his life turn to sh*t, finds a Rastafarian Jam...more
"Rule of the Bone" By Russell Banks this book is more or less realistic fiction. "Rule of the Bone" off the back approachs the issue of Neglect and a family's darkside. Chappie is abused by his stepfather sexually which leads him to indulge in smoking marijuana on a daily basis and not being able to show who he really is in fear of being judged for the truth, he rather be judged for a lie.
Chappie's relationship with his mother faces struggles throughout the book due to the fact that she is kep...more
It's a coming of age story of a young boy who is immersed in a world of drugs and has a lot of pretty messed up encounters with degenerates of every ilk. In this way it's really depressing, but because of the way he's telling the story and what he chooses to focus on it's not too bad.
When I first heard about this book I was told it was a story of a kid with no parents, out there on his own... not exactly true. He HAS parents, but they'...more
The main character, Bone, grows throughout the entire story and you get to see how he changes and how he becomes a better and more caring person. At first, Bone is just a normal teenage boy, who is into smoking weed and doesn't really seem to c...more
One thing I like about it is how the book is very interested and relatable. Chappie is a young kid who is lost in the world and has divorced parents, doesn't know his real dad, and is abused by his step-dad. Chappie does whatever he can to get by, by sta...more
It's a sprawling tale filled with stream of consciousness and run on sentences and poor speech as some of the reviewers have noted. This is integral to the character. he was not educated at East Coast boarding schools...more