This is my first Russell Banks book and it won't be my last. It's a story about a teenage boy who has suffered badly from every self centred adult relationship he has been involved in - Mother, Stepfather, Father...all Bone wants is to be loved for who he is and taken care of as a child should be.
Bone tries to do the right thing where people he loves are involved but it never works out well, after all he's a teenager who hasn't been guided by anyone (except by people's selfish motives). I-Man was a positive influence and things changed for the better when they met, but I still wonder about I-Man...
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves a superbly written story with a difference, 'edge' and feeling. I loved Bone and I hope he is happy wherever he is.
This was the first Bank's novel I'd read & it has definately encouraged me to read more. 'Rule of the Bone' follows a young teenage boy as he struggles to survive in his small home town, living with his mother and father in law who is abusing him. Eventually, he leaves his home town only to become caught up in a life of petty crime. He eventually meets Iman, a Jamaican rasta, living in a caravan in a car park. It doesn't sound too appealing but this is where our young heros life begins to take a turn for the better. Travelling to Jamaica with his new friend in search of his real father, lets our leading character embark on yet another adventure. This book is a true mix of trajedy and joy. The message seems to be that no matter how bad life can get, there is always a way of dealing with it. Inspiring & Bitter - sweet.
A Russell Banks fan, once again i was not disapointed with Rule of the Bone. Another of his books that makes one love American litterature. Deep scrutiny of a teenager's feelings through his initiatory journey in a world that is rough and unkind.
This is a truly uplifting, funny, chilled and well-thought out piece of fiction. It was recommended to me by a friend a couple of years ago, and I took it along with me to a summer festival (which os a great environment in which to read this book by the way). I immediately became totally caught up in the main character's tale of emotional rags-to-riches, his love of simple things (gear, being cool, and chilling out) and is it narrated in one of the most authentic first-person styles I have ever read. Read this book and be uplifted and transported. This should be a cult classic if there is any justice in the world.
From the first words of the book I was convinced I was reading the account first hand of what had happened to the author. The book gave what seemed to be an extremely compelling account of a boys rather messed up life so that whilst, what happens to him seems increadable, it is also absolutely believeable and you as the reader are in there too living it with him, listening to his strangely profound comments on what has occured to him. "The Bone Rules"
A wonderful moving story that has been compared with Huckleberry Finn. The author's best work in my opinion. I felt like I as there with the central character every step of the way. Just writing about it now makes me want to pick it up for a third time. Gotta go!