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Rust and Bone: Stories ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Rust and Bone: Stories Author Craig Davidson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In steel tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers In his title story, Davidson introduces an afflicted boxer whose hand In steel tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers In his title story, Davidson introduces an afflicted boxer whose hand never properly heals after a bone is broken The fighter s career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival no referee, no rules, not even gloves Rust and PDF or In A Mean Utility we enter an even desperate arena dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the deathDavidson s stories are small monuments to the telling detail The hostility of his fictional universe is tempered by the humanity he invests in his characters and by his subtle and very moving observations of their motivations He shares with Chuck Palahniuk the uncanny ability to compel our attention, time and time again, to the most difficult subject matter.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Rust and Bone: Stories
  • Craig Davidson
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 0393329003

About the Author: Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels, who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka and Nick CutterBorn in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St CatharinesHis first short story collection, Rust and Bone, was published in September by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finalist for the Rust and PDF or Danuta Gleed Literary Award Stories in Rust and Bone have also been adapted into a play by Australian playwright Caleb Lewis and a film by French director Jacques AudiardDavidson also released a novel in named The Fighter During the course of his research of the novel, Davidson went on a week steroid cycle To promote the release of the novel, Davidson participated in a fully sanctioned boxing match against Toronto poet Michael Knox at Florida Jack s Boxing Gym for the novel s subsequent release in the United States, he organized a similar promotional boxing match against Jonathan Ames Davidson lost both matchesHis novel Cataract City was named as a longlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.



10 thoughts on “Rust and Bone: Stories

  1. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    I bought this book for a penny A MOTHERF ING PENNY WOOT WOOT , and then a client sent this Now someone bring me a fork I bought this book for a penny A MOTHERF ING PENNY WOOT WOOT , and then a client sent this Now someone bring me a fork

  2. J. Kent Messum J. Kent Messum says:

    It s no secret I m a fan of short story collections There is something about getting through a story in its entirety during a reading session that feels wholly satisfying You can knock a short out on a bus or subway ride, read one over a lunch break, get one in before bedtime You can pick up and put down a book a short stories for longer periods of time with no real guilt and start relatively fresh each time you crack it back open The downside is that you invariably enjoy some storiest It s no secret I m a fan of short story collections There is something about getting through a story in its entirety during a reading session that feels wholly satisfying You can knock a short out on a bus or subway ride, read one over a lunch break, get one in before bedtime You can pick up and put down a book a short stories for longer periods of time with no real guilt and start relatively fresh each time you crack it back open The downside is that you invariably enjoy some storiesthan others, which becomes a real bitch during review time because you end up pitting the little tales against one another in an effort to appraise it overall By comparison the ratings will rise and fall in a balancing act, and I rarely emerge thinking every one of them was stellar because of this I m pleased to report Rust and Bone comes pretty damn close I d like to think of it as an assortment of small situational squirms that cover a wide spectrum and has the ability to get under every inch of your skin The book is mostly tales of tough folks in trouble a sea world trainer being mauled by a killer whale, a couple involved in the brutal underground world of dog fighting, an alcoholic father inadvertently ruining his kid s prospects in life, and the stresses of being a sex addict among others There are ugly, violent, and sadistic sides to life commonly happening behind closed doors, trespasses and indulgences committed by everyday people This collection holds your head up to the keyhole for a peek.Davidson s writing is raw and visceral, giving you every bit of the grit and discomfort he intends It isn t necessarily the gore that gets you although there is some of that , rather it s the predicaments the characters find themselves in two pitiful amputees starved of affection trying to feel each other out, for instance I found the tone and originalitythan satisfying The writing is razor sharp, making for a lean book There are echoes of author Thom Jones in the pages, an influence that results in a very masculine and unflinching read Rust Bone has a quick pace and a keen eye for everyday horror that most might be unaware of There were stories I enjoyedthan others, ranging from great to good, and occasionally I felt that shock value was employed simply for the sake of it, but other than that there were few qualms to be had If you enjoy short stories, this is a book I highly recommend This book was one of my 10 Books That Stuck With Me piece Check out my other selections

  3. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    When I was in high school, 1990 1994 I read everything through the lens of a drama student The drama nerds at our school, in the time that I was there, were all very serious about the craft We competed at tournaments and competitions I would have given anything to have found a short story collection like this one in order to pull monologues from it to compete with.Craig Davidson is hands down my favorite author next to Stephen King.He s a genius the way he works with words and insight is r When I was in high school, 1990 1994 I read everything through the lens of a drama student The drama nerds at our school, in the time that I was there, were all very serious about the craft We competed at tournaments and competitions I would have given anything to have found a short story collection like this one in order to pull monologues from it to compete with.Craig Davidson is hands down my favorite author next to Stephen King.He s a genius the way he works with words and insight is remarkable He knows people He knows human beings better than so many other authors that work from the plot outside and work towards the characters inside.Davidson is the opposite, he works from the Inside Out.The plot serves the people.And the people are so flesh and blood, I feel like I m inside a real person for the duration of the story.The title story, Rust Bone knocked me on my ass like a sucker punch to the throat Some of the visuals and wordsmithing here was so poetic, so beautifully tragic, I found myself reading the words over and over again before moving on in the story, my eyes blurry with tears.Another favorite story was Friction which was about sex addicts but it wasn t really it was about the tangible reality of all addiction Something anyone could relate to When she reached over the counter to pay you saw these downy hairs, a raised blue vein and I wanted to touch that spot, smell it and taste it Crazy but I wanted to shrink myself, atomize like that those scientists in fantastic voyage, view things at a cellular level I wanted to know everything about it not her, you understand, I didn t care about her history or goals or fears, any of that Just be intimate with that unthinking portion of her This portion gave me goosebumps as an actor To see someone stand in a spotlight on a stage and monologue this scene to a room full of people, MAN It would form a connection It would move everyone in that room to a dark, still space where it s just the words and the people.Anyways,I loved this collection and I loved that I was able to savor them periodically over a long period of time, dipping in and out of it as I needed between horror books this year.Truly Craig Davidson is a gifted writer and I look forward to

  4. Blake Blake says:

    Hey all you midlifers who think dog fighting and porn are edgy and know a story is deep when it delivers on the shitty fathers and vague regret these seven Thom Jones and Chuck Palahniuk covers, and one unreadable novella, are for you With all first person narratives and zero subtext, and every third sentence lacking a subject noun, these stories are woven with all the lyrical grace of a loudmouth drunk who won t leave a tip before getting up to paint the sidewalk in vomit These tales of blu Hey all you midlifers who think dog fighting and porn are edgy and know a story is deep when it delivers on the shitty fathers and vague regret these seven Thom Jones and Chuck Palahniuk covers, and one unreadable novella, are for you With all first person narratives and zero subtext, and every third sentence lacking a subject noun, these stories are woven with all the lyrical grace of a loudmouth drunk who won t leave a tip before getting up to paint the sidewalk in vomit These tales of blue collar woe were imagined on the mean streets of Iowa City too, probably the ones off campus where other Iowa Writers Workshop attendees might not have even been willing to buy their weed, so you know you re getting the genuine Thug Lit article Tongue now removed from cheek, my itemized beefs with this collection are as follows The no subjects thing is one of the most tiresome attempts at a stripped down colloquial style I ve seen and only serves to annoy after the first story These stories are extremely plot driven and intentionally gritty and yet have littlethan a toehold on any verisimilitudinous reality The depictions of violence lose their power to shock with repetition and there is a lot of repetition The best story is probably Living in the Flesh, but entirely because it is the most loyal Jones copy and even that one has a tacked on surprise ending in favor of actual character development just like A Mean Utility earlier in the book The attempts at clever connections between the stories just came off as impotently postmodern jibes, and further undermine the verisimilitude am I supposed to imagine any one city with this many flat, unredeemable people in such close proximity to one another Planting my tongue firmly back in cheek, I will say I did like writing in the margins and omitting unecessary words, sentences, and whole paragraphs for the author It was great practice for any workshops I might be in someday And gaining the expectation that attending such a prestigious workshop all but guarantees the publishing of one s stories, regardless of quality, sure gives a lazy young writer hope

  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    I found this on J Kent Messum s 10 Books That Made Me Squirm listhttp jkentmessum.com 2014 04 14 10 I found this on J Kent Messum s 10 Books That Made Me Squirm listhttp jkentmessum.com 2014 04 14 10

  6. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    What about a 3.5 I love this dude and I m going to be following his career, but you can tell he s still a young writer and learning how to put a collection together, how to reel it in I m squeamish, so some of these stories were tough to stomach, but he s definitely talented writer who s not afraid to grit it up he just needs to find that balance between being violent transgressive whatever for the heck of it and using it to tell the point, between writing in his voice and the narrator s Ad What about a 3.5 I love this dude and I m going to be following his career, but you can tell he s still a young writer and learning how to put a collection together, how to reel it in I m squeamish, so some of these stories were tough to stomach, but he s definitely talented writer who s not afraid to grit it up he just needs to find that balance between being violent transgressive whatever for the heck of it and using it to tell the point, between writing in his voice and the narrator s Adored Rust and Bone , A Mean Utility , The Rifleman actually, I liked most of them, I just don t have my copy of the book handy and I don t remember the titles

  7. George K. Ilsley George K. Ilsley says:

    Having read one of the pieces in a magazine, I wanted to read the collection However, this is one of those unfortunate collections where the work shrinks as one keeps reading Really there are only a few good stories here, and side by side, they fight with each other to be noticed The only way to read this collection would be to read one story, wait several months, and then read another Of course, you won t be able to remember which ones you have already read, but that won t matter in the lea Having read one of the pieces in a magazine, I wanted to read the collection However, this is one of those unfortunate collections where the work shrinks as one keeps reading Really there are only a few good stories here, and side by side, they fight with each other to be noticed The only way to read this collection would be to read one story, wait several months, and then read another Of course, you won t be able to remember which ones you have already read, but that won t matter in the least They are allor less the same.So much writing talent and to what end

  8. PUMPKINHEAD PUMPKINHEAD says:

    Rust and Bone had two really great things going for it different and disturbing Not too different, nor too disturbing, but a healthy dollop of both that made it a book to remember and recommend These are not your typical short stories They are violent, gritty, bleak tales about broken people, or individuals reaching a breaking point The writing is sharp and packs a punch A lot of the subject matter is the stuff found in the darker, dirtier corners of life, which Craig Davidson illuminat Rust and Bone had two really great things going for it different and disturbing Not too different, nor too disturbing, but a healthy dollop of both that made it a book to remember and recommend These are not your typical short stories They are violent, gritty, bleak tales about broken people, or individuals reaching a breaking point The writing is sharp and packs a punch A lot of the subject matter is the stuff found in the darker, dirtier corners of life, which Craig Davidson illuminates with a goddamn floodlight

  9. Belle Belle says:

    I was hesitant to rate this book somewhere between 2 3 stars but ended up with 2 stars because the last short story was mentally torturous which evoked an instant regret in buying this book As a fan of the film, I had a rather high expectation in the book but in the actuality only a few elements were taken into the film adaptation I noticed that most of the taken elements are from Rust And Bone and Rocket Ride where the life turning events of two protagonists in the film adaption are based on I was hesitant to rate this book somewhere between 2 3 stars but ended up with 2 stars because the last short story was mentally torturous which evoked an instant regret in buying this book As a fan of the film, I had a rather high expectation in the book but in the actuality only a few elements were taken into the film adaptation I noticed that most of the taken elements are from Rust And Bone and Rocket Ride where the life turning events of two protagonists in the film adaption are based on The novel is a compendium of short stories comprised of various male protagonists mostly tough, audacious guys.I thought the first three chapters were beautifully well composed and heart gripping enough to keep me reading the entire book in one sitting, but my interest quickly diminished after half way into the book that I became somewhat resentful and decided to avoid reading it for a month The first short story Rust And Bone one of my favorites among a few others resonates the heart wrenching tale of a bare knuckle fighter whose right hand is severely damaged in the attempt to save his nephew from drowning The story was beautifully unraveled and tinted with shades of blood and bone shattering excitement of brutal underground fighting The writing captured the palpable relentlessness of the protagonist and how he became acquainted with bare knuckle fighting.The first story alone was enough to give this book a powerful prologue filled with originality and rawness of Davidson s sharp writing Each short story was written using the similar overtone semantic fancy words which was undeniably intriguing at first but it all seemed overly done and redundant after a while Some of the stories are without doubt, thought provokingly allegorical and mind absorbing, but they can be disoriented and difficult to ingest at times due to the excessive brutality of animal cruelty and the vomit inducing violence The originality of the book and its beautifully written prose astonished me greatly The author is also great at utilizing medical terms in some of the chapters which denoted how well researched this book is But when reflecting back on the entire book as a compendium of short stories, it didn t quite live up to my expectation nor was it captivating enough I wouldn t recommend this book to any squeamish reader because some chapters tend to be very graphic and gruesomely disturbing I d certainly like to re read this book a couple years from now and reflect back on it somehow because I feel like my mild aversion towards this book stems from the fact that I lacked a sentimental connection with this type of short stories and the underlying theme of masculinity in blood sport

  10. Jacob Jacob says:

    It wasn t the praise from Chuck Palahniuk on the front cover that made me read this it was Thom Jones on the back Their placement should have been reversed the first few stories in this collection start out echoing the humble voice and style of Jones but quickly degenerate into the weary shock and ugh tactics perfected by Palahniuk it gets exhausting rather quickly.That s not to say the stories here are bad, perish the thought Any one of these stories about the everyday damned is worthy o It wasn t the praise from Chuck Palahniuk on the front cover that made me read this it was Thom Jones on the back Their placement should have been reversed the first few stories in this collection start out echoing the humble voice and style of Jones but quickly degenerate into the weary shock and ugh tactics perfected by Palahniuk it gets exhausting rather quickly.That s not to say the stories here are bad, perish the thought Any one of these stories about the everyday damned is worthy of four or five stars, but put together , the collection doesn t quite work Each story follows the last with the brutality, cynicism, and hopelessness turned up another coupla notches Rust and Bone was powerful and memorable, and The Rifleman as sad as any washed up drunken father, but A Mean Utility, Rocket Ride, and Friction, though individually strong, all carried with them a sense that Davidson was trying to shock the reader by being increasinly edgier It felt too jarring to be appreciated fortunately, On Sleepless Roads moved it down a notch between some of the harder stuff, and Life in the Flesh brought us full circle And after all that, The Apprentice s Guide to Modern Magic was a welcome 180 after aging boxers, drunks, dogfighting trainers, amputees, and sex addicts, it was refreshing to read about two siblings trying to find their magician father who vanished during a magic act twenty five years ago Don t get me wrong, this collection is really good, but these are not stories to read in one sitting I read them carefully, one at a time, over the course of two weeks, and that took enough of the edge off Craig Davidson is a fantastic writer just in small doses It s just something to remember if you give this book a try

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