Rule of the Bone: A Novel
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
31 August 2011
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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
“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
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
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
I remember the singer and his wife lying in their perfect bodies o...more
Bone begins to mature once he meets I-Man, a true-blue Rastafarian...more
But this book is not just awfully written though. The plot was fantastic and Russell Banks really represented a strong voice for the youth. He provided a good point of view o...more
Bone's story is...more
This book is like that. When the main character, Chappie aka Bone, is just a homeless kid hanging out at the mall, it’s all gravy. When he meets the Rasta who becomes his best frie...more
The kid speaks with too much of a run on sentences, and the observations of his world are skewed and to be honest I just can't hold much respect for this kid. I can empathize with a kid who's got a bad home life and who makes some pretty shitty choices on impulse but still meaning wel...more
Only when Bone gives up yearning for and identifying with his parents, his so-called friends, his country, and even his "whiteness" does he gain self reliance and self knowledge.
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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
"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
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