Rule of the Bone

Rule of the Bone

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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 crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone". He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 198.1 x 25.4mm | 464.47g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0062097008
  • 9780062097002
  • 1,825,663

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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 crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone." He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.
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Review quote

"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
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Rating details

7,431 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,190)
4 39% (2,863)
3 24% (1,751)
2 6% (466)
1 2% (161)
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