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Rule of the Bone
Aaron Bunce's review
Jan 23, 2015
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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