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Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
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Rule of the Bone is an intriguing field study into the human coping mechanism. Chappy, also known as Bone is a damaged young man. He is the product of a broken family, sexual abuse, drugs, and parental apathy. His story is one of self discovery, maturation, and the loss of innocence. With that said, I found Rule of the Bone a fairly engaging read, not without its difficulties. It is told from the perspective of an under educated, drug using 14 year old boy, so naturally the language itself is going to be a bit touchy. Rendered in a lengthy, run-on stream of consciousness style of writing, Rule of the Bone may lose you from time to time, and force you to stop, backtrack and reread to gain the proper understanding. It is not perfect, then again, it is not intended to be. Complain all you want about the style of writing, but Banks delivers the story how he intends to. He gets you into the head of Chappy/Bone, and thus give you the closest possible vantage. Was this the easiest book to get through? No. Do I think it provides us some important lessons about human growth, maturation, and the loss of innocence? Definitely. With that said, I recommend you give Rule of the Bone a read.
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Reading Progress

January 23, 2015 – Started Reading
January 23, 2015 – Shelved
January 31, 2015 –
page 5
February 6, 2015 –
page 211
February 17, 2015 –
page 273
February 19, 2015 –
page 390
February 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Frank (new)

Frank Mundo Good review, Aaron. I remember reading this book back in the 90's and really liking it. I hope people who like coming-of-age stories give it a shot.

message 2: by Kevin (new)

Kevin B. I empathize with Bone. I been through what he went through. So I understand.

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