Rule of the Bone
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bone begins to mature once he meets I-Man, a true-blue Rastafarian ...more
The first two-thirds of "Rule of the Bone" is set in upstate New York, where Banks lived. It's a coming-of-age story with a young hero making many mistakes and living on the edge of society.
The last third of the book is set in Jamaica, jarringly, and reflects Banks's interest in racial dynamics and history th ...more