Rule of the Bone
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This is one of my many favourit ...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
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
Bone's story is ...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 tells his story in an unselfconscious manner, a naive narrator telling the story straight. He leaves his troubled family (with a contemptible, sexually abusive step-father), lives alongside a larcenous motorcycle gang till a fire leaves their leader dead. He and his buddy fear t ...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
This book started off with an amazing amount of potential. The first half the book takes you into the dark life of a boy dealing with issues far more than any adolescent should ever have to deal with. It starts off as an interesting insight into this boy and the unique friends he meets along the way. It is in the second half of the book that it falters. A complete change of setting takes away from the story. Also, issues that arise near the end of the first half that shou ...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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