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Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
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Jun 28, 2012

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bookshelves: modern-literature
Read from June 15 to 27, 2012

This was an enjoyable, fast-paced road novel that would really appeal to young people. Chappie/Bone is a vibrant main character (and narrator) with a purity of heart that recalls some of the best fictional youth in literature. What I most liked about the book was the way it sort of playfully (and in unabashedly gritty way) re-invents Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But like Huck Finn, this book is not perfect either. The book takes some incredibly fantastic leaps of implausibility that sometimes rubbed me the wrong way. I guess the right way to read this novel is with a sort of playfulness of our own. Like Finn is best not as a road novel (or river novel) but as a character study about moral development, Rule of the Bone is best as a examination of a young troubled soul and how he makes it out.

Definitely a satisfactory summer read.

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