Rule of the Bone

Bestseller Rule of the Bone Creat Russell Banks is Kindle Russell Banks is a member

Bestseller Rule of the Bone Creat Russell Banks is Kindle Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards He has written fiction, and recently, non fiction, with Dreaming up America His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997.. In the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye, Russell Banks s quintessential novel of a disaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society redefines the young modern anti hero Rule of the Bone has its own culture and language, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations San Francisco Chronicle With a compelling, off beatIn the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye, Russell Banks s quintessential novel of a disaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society redefines the young modern anti hero Rule of the Bone has its own culture and language, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations San Francisco Chronicle With a compelling, off beat protagonist evocative of Holden Caulfield and Quentin Coldwater, and a narrative voice that masterfully and naturally captures the nuances of a modern vernacular, Banks s haunting and powerful novel is an indisputable and unforgettable modern classic.. The best Book Rule of the Bone Rule of the Bone is a book about a fourteen year old kid who fails out of school, is already hooked on drugs, and is being secretly abused my his stepfather. I know this sounds dark, but Bone, the main character, is, perhaps, one of the most "together" narrators. He knows his flaws and the world's flaws, but this does not stop him from living the existence he chooses--to be homeless and kind of a mallrat. Have you ever met a complete druggie loser and have realized that he is smarter and more intelligent than most people? Well that is Bone. I recommend this book for anyone who like Holden Caulfield's crass narrative, but thought that he was a privileged bitch. Bone is much more enjoyable and witty, and he stands up for himself, something Holden only thought he was capable of.
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  1. Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards He has written fiction, and recently, non fiction, with Dreaming up America His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997.

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  1. Rule of the Bone is a book about a fourteen year old kid who fails out of school, is already hooked on drugs, and is being secretly abused my his stepfather I know this sounds dark, but Bone, the main character, is, perhaps, one of the most together narrators He knows his flaws and the world s flaws, but this does not stop him from living the existence he chooses to be homeless and kind of a mallrat Have you ever met a complete druggie loser and have realized that he is smarter and intelligent [...]


  2. eh the main character is compelling but but I don t know There is something surface about the whole thing I kind of hate that the healing balm for the kid s smothered soul comes in the guise of a jamaican rasta dude a gimmick to give the story a little exotic flavoring and if the whole point is for the kid to know himself, i don t think the book teaches anything He never stops looking outside himself for his sense of self.


  3. A cross between Holden Caulfield, Christopher McCandless, and Henry Fielding for the 90 s, a picaresque Bildungsroman, Chappie the Bone is a young abused mall rat homeless fuck d up kid who comes of age by traveling between sin and the stars Banks is a masterful writer and this book s strength is that it is written entirely in first person in Chappie s voice and never waivers or has a false note



  4. If I could give it a zero, I would Coming of age Really This 14 year old child is heavy into weed, alcohol, and crime Readers are supposed to understand his plight because of his horrible childhood His choices, understandable Should I be ok with them NO And nothing changes by the end I can handle books that make one think or that touch on hard subjects This one crosses a line, and I don t understand how it is called a great American novel.


  5. 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 t [...]


  6. The novel Rule of the Bone by Russel Banks was probably the best book I ve read all summer It s a decent sized book, about 400 pages, and yet I read it all in two sittings The novel is truly gripping, and keeps the reader entertained as the main character Bone goes through different adventures It smashes the typical idea that we have to have our lives figured out from the time we re children, or at all for that matter Instead of being driven by a plan, or by a future, Bone is driven by the prima [...]


  7. I m reprinting this from my review of another edition, here w in The finest accomplishment of a splendid contemporary s career RULE OF THE BONE takes on the kind of lost child most of us would far prefer to ignore a mall rat with a fondness for weed, medicating the pain out of his own broken and abused home The novel keens the tragedy of America s neglected young people like no other I know, lashing brilliantly into the commercial forces that turn a seven or eleven year old into an item of barte [...]


  8. Excellent coming of age novel for modern readers The Bone is Huck Finn in the 20th Century under different pressures but with same clear voice, lizard brained logic, and internal desire to achieve moral correctness, however stilted.


  9. This book was recommended to me by a bookstagrammer I follow on my Instagram with not much but an insistence that it would be up my street to go on.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 majo [...]


  10. Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks is a story about a young boy named Chappie Chappie lives with his mom and step dad in a small town in upstate New York in the Lake Placid area Chappie, just 13 at the time grows a fondness for marijuana and hangs out with a tough crowd that is all very much older than him As time goes on Chappie becomes and addicted to weed and alcohol This addiction eventually leads him to stealing from his mother to buy drugs and he gets kicked out of the house because of it [...]


  11. Max KleinRichEnglish 1031 August 2011Book Review CBanks, 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 enjoyable to [...]


  12. Rule of the boneRussel Banks Harper Perennial,1996,400pp 13.95 ISBN 0060927240 Life isn t perfect As clich 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 page turner [...]


  13. After reading The Sweet Hereafter I expected to be on a Russell Banks kick I LOVED The Sweet Hereafter it is such an amazing book I loved the form of interviews that Banks used to tell the story And then I read this Rule of the Bone was a real let down for me I d even call it a disappointment It felt so false, so contrived 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 his way, wo [...]


  14. This book was a serendipitous find Having picked the book up off the counter of my parents house about 12 years ago I believe my father was reading it and reading a page or two, I made a mental note to read the book one day All I could remember about it was a yellow cover and the word bone in the title, so I have been passively looking for the book for over a decade Then one day while at work I m a librarian , it was returned by a patron And so began my journey with Bone.Bone s story is that of [...]


  15. Any novel featuring a precocious and cynical young narrator is going to be compared to Catcher in the Rye, but in this case the comparison is valid Like Holden, Bone has a strong, likeable personality, and even though you d like to slap him upside the head, you also love him 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 Clouds [...]


  16. Audio version This is the third Russell Banks book I ve listened to now While it is my least favorite of the three, it was still an enjoyable listen This one tells the story of a couple of years in the life of teenager Chappie, soon to rename himself as Bone He s had a tough life and it shows in his decisions But it also shows how he keeps trying to make things better with his mother, but she just doesn t listen It s sad when stories like this show just how easy it might be to turn things around [...]


  17. Rule of the Bone is a book about a 14 year old who drops out of school, is homeless, addicted to drugs, and was abused by his step father Although Chappie is already witty at the beginning of the story, throughout the book there is no change or growing up It s basically a narration of the the life of a teenage drug dealer Also, the whole book is written with horrible grammar most likely to show that a kid is narrating the book Overall, it was a good book.


  18. The book that I read is Rule of Bone by Russell Banks When I started this book I was hooked in right away, but it became a cliche, although it did have a good theme at the end Rule of Bone is a fiction and adventurous novel 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 chos [...]


  19. Handed to me with the description this is a whiteness study, Russell Bank s Rule of Bone presents the stream of consciousness of a young boy Chappie later known as Bone The flowing nature of this kind of story telling makes the book difficult to put down, but this style can also fell unpolished and choppy Banks overcomes this limitation at times, leaving the reader with well crafted thought descriptions like the following I remember the singer and his wife lying in their perfect bodies on the fo [...]


  20. I started this book hoping that it will grab my interest, but it didn t worked out that much for me The flatness of the voice and how the novel was written by Russell Banks no commas and conversationally distant sentence structure as if Chappie, the 14 year old lead character had really written it didn t appeal to me.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 on teens o [...]


  21. 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 Jamaic [...]


  22. Not my cup of tea at all I don t do real life drug sex abuse books I don t like Holden Caulfield esque books Overall, not something I really liked It was like watching that 1995 movie, Kids, where all I wanted to do was take a shower and scrub away all the disgust and grime that I d just witnessed The story is told by Bone Chappie, a young criminal who steals, sells drugs, and causes minor acts of mayhem His actions can be seen as justifiable when you see the life he had growing up, two alcoholi [...]


  23. I d give a mixed review for this book As many others have alluded to, it is a tale that seems split into two unequal halves The first part floats along and you begin to understand Bone s struggle and root for his emancipation from an obvious dysfunctional, abusive family situation Likewise, his adventures with the bikers, the Bong Brothers and Buster Brown Sister Rose are all interesting enough to make you keep the pages turning However, I tend to agree with the bulk of other reviewers who feel [...]


  24. The rule of the bone by Russell Banks is a good book This book shows the idea of how conflict can build character In this novel, Chappie a 13 year old boy embarks on a journey through life wich would change his perspective on life forever.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 draining Chappie [...]


  25. A deeply dark book with a crude vocabulary provided for a great book with nothing but the an amazing book, great for others with a morbid interest and wanting a book without anything to keep you from a horrifying story I was very much impressed by the structure of the book, it was unusual to what I was used to but a great change for an interesting book such as this The amount of stories packed into the book gave for much interest since you weren t continuously stuck with the same plot I also enj [...]


  26. See how many shelves I put this book on Doing so has made me realize how very involved Rule of the Bone is There is a LOT going on, and it never slows down The story only spans 1.5 2 years of the life of the protagonist, yet Bone s formerly Chappie change from 14 to 15 is tremendous We also learn a bit about his troubled past, including view spoiler sexual abuse at the hands of his step father for 7 years hide spoiler.Bone begins to mature once he meets I Man, a true blue Rastafarian with a rela [...]


  27. This was a fascinating novel by an author I really like It could be classified as a boy s coming of age, but with so many unusual twists, that it doesn t fit well into that genre Chappie, later to become Bone, is a teenager living a painful, traumatized life with a seemingly sociopathic family The rawness of his experience living on a total subsistence level as he experiences situations of an underlife in rural upstate New York hit the reader deeply The places he lives and the characters he conn [...]


  28. I enjoyed this book I liked I man and sister rose and Bone s love for them as a quasi family But depressing You count your lucky starts for good parents after this book You wonder if Bone will turn out okay Interesting that he can see how messed up his family is at such a young age and doesn t want to be that And even how messed up one of his friends is and how he knows he needs to stay away from him as nothing good will happen to stay friends with him Also interesting how they book put so much [...]


  29. Banks writes a speedy read, with some vivid characters and a sympathetic teenage protagonist I wish he could write better female characters, but I found the story to be thoroughly engaging.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 there [...]


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