Rule of the Bone
With that said, I have no clue what I just read.
Bone is a 14 year old who leaves home and basically becomes a unique kind of homeless kid. Involved in drugs, stealing and a whole assortment of different scenarios that lead him to Jamaica. Bone endures sexual abuse from his alcoholic stepfather which seems to be the ca ...more
The plot depends heavily on some incredible coincidences, and this novel also provides almost a textbook example of the stereotypical “magical negro”. Banks doubles down on this character, which departs from the stereotype, but we still only see this person through the eyes of the white boy (the whole novel is from his POV, with mixed results).
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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
I have to admit, he was right 😊
Rule of the Bone was written right in the grunge phase of my youth and I wish so much I'd known about it then as I think I probably would've read it a hundred times by now.
The protagonist of the story is a 14 year old named Chappie, who tells his tale at speed in its speach but slowly in its detail, almost as if the maj ...more
Once I got hooked on the narrator’s voice, I couldn’t stop reading. I literally cancelled all my plans, stayed off social media, and didn’t watch any Netflix—don’t judge me. I had to know what happened to this kid. Russell captures the teenager personality, to an enviable deg ...more
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
“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 is such authenticity in Bone's voice that many young readers are completely sucked into this book - to the point where the narrator and the author are confused. I met Russell Banks in 1998 when he toured to promote C ...more
The most important message here is that the people who are in your life or once were in your life that influenced you in one way or another. In this book Bone, the main character dropped out of school and he is 14 years old. He lived with his mom and stepfather but his mom ...more
I remember the singer and his wife lying in their perfect bodies o ...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
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