A Rule Of The Bone: Novel

Paperback | May 1, 1996

byRussell Banks

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In the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcherin the Rye, Russell Banks’s quintessential novel of adisaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society “redefines theyoung modern anti-hero. . . . Rule of the Bone has its own culture andlanguage, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations” (SanFrancisco Chronicle). Witha compelling, off-beat protagonist evocative of Holden Caulfield and QuentinColdwater, and a narrative voice that masterfully and naturally captures thenuances of a modern vernacular, Banks’s haunting and powerful novel is anindisputable—and unforgettable—modern classic.

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In the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcherin the Rye, Russell Banks’s quintessential novel of adisaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society “redefines theyoung modern anti-hero. . . . Rule of the Bone has its own culture andlanguage, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations” (SanFrancisco Chroni...

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When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a...

Russell Banks was raised in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The eldest of four children, he grew up in a working-class, hardscrabble world that has played a major role in shaping his writing.Banks (the first in his family to go to college) attended Colgate University "for less than a semester," and later graduated Phi Beta Ka...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.59 × 5.03 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:Harper Perennial

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ISBN - 10:0060927240

ISBN - 13:9780060927240

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow plot. I read it for english and I was very bored by it. I felt the plot was slow and some of the events frivilous.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A victim of circumstances Wow, what an exciting book. This story allows the reader to take a journey into the tragic life of a 14 year old boy. His name is Chapman and was kicked out of his house for stealing his mothers coin collection to finance his weed addiction. He moves in with his friend and a bunch of crazed bikers, and has to move out after burning the place down. He later connects with a rastafarian from Jamaica who mentors and guides him before travelling to Jamaica. This book is chock full of exciting events and bone tingling suspense. I could not put this book down!! This is a book that MUST be read!!
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of Storytelling This book will change your life. It makes you realize what you have. But at somepoint you want to be Russ/Bone. Russ is my new role model. Pick this book up you won't regret it.
Date published: 2001-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real "Reading" This book is impossible to put down. After devouring it, I watched as several of the more advanced students in one of my classes (with parental consent) did exactly the same thing. It is relevant to teens, it is exciting and it is "real." Banks draws the reader into the heart and mind of Chappie, makes you feel for him and with him. An awesome read!
Date published: 2000-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Must Read This Book If you do not read this book - your life will be incomplete.
Date published: 1999-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book This book is very difficult to put down because of it's excellent portrayal of a young boy who is having many problems in his life and decides to live his life all by himself and survive in the world. He encounters many new situations in which he must make important decisions in order to resurrect his constantly troubled childhood.
Date published: 1999-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Twice! :) I found this book to be a great moderen-day parallel in both it's simularities, as well as complex differences, to J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye". Both novels take on a enthralling and still realistic approach to the personal growth and acceptence of a young individual. Innocence and adulthood are divided lines each main character must decide to cross on their own, and create a great backbone for a truly engaging story. Compaired, or read alone for sheer personal enjoyment, "Rule of the Bone" creates a lasting and worthwile impression on the reader, leaving one to question personal and adapted philosophies.
Date published: 1999-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The greatest book Ever written I stumbled upon this book by pure accident. It tells the tale of a teen who's typical in every sense of the word. But he's also trying to find some deeper meaning in his life. I read this book twice because it was so utterly captivating.
Date published: 1999-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It rocked This book is amazing for teens. Although the stuff that happened to bone is unlikely to happen to a normal teen, It is still very capyivating. I read it three times.
Date published: 1999-05-09

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"Bone...redefines the young modern anti-hero...Banks' ear is perfectly attuned to teenage vernacular...."Rule of the Bone "has its own culture and language, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations. As with Holden Caulfield, we wish we could save Bone, but we come to hope that his purity of vision may somehow save us."--"San Francisco Chronicle"""Rule of the Bone "is a work of can-do genius. It has the good heavy-metal drive of basement rock bands. It's great, self-conscious pop."--"New York "magazine