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Rule of the Bone

Novel by Russell Banks

Editions

2006 Bloomsbury 978-0747585312 English
2006 Actes Sud 978-2742760596 French
2003 Goldmann 978-1400039937 German
2002 Actes Sud 978-2742706037 French
2001 Actes Sud 978-2742708581 French
1999 Actes Sud 978-2742708581 French
1996 HarperCollins 978-0060927240 English

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Summary

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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