Rockbound Paperback – May 1 1989
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'The book is attractively presented, and the clear arrangement of chapters, along with the comprehensive index, makes it a valuable reference work heartily to be welcomed.' -- Scott Patterson "Music Magazine"
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When 18-year-old David Jung arrives on the windswept island of Rockbound to claim his modest inheritance, he has nothing but the rags on his back and a fisherman's determination to survive. Battling the unpredictable sea and steering his way between Rockbound's two warring clans, the friendless orphan gradually builds a life for himself. He marries and has a son, finds a soulmate in lighthouse keeper Gershom Born, and falls deeply (and secretly) in love with Mary, the island schoolteacher. But he does not reckon on the wicked cunning of his great-uncle, Uriah, self-proclaimed king of Rockbound and David's one true enemy.
First published in 1928, Frank Parker Day's deeply allusive novel evokes the terrifying power and breathtaking beauty of Canada's Atlantic coastline, where a shift in the wind — like a sudden change in a man's heart — can lead to certain peril. Shakespearean actor Richard Donat evokes the quiet majesty of this long-forgotten classic, imparting a rich resonance to the Nova Scotia dialect of Day's Rockbounders.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition. See all Product Description
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Rockbound is a lonely place, beaten by storms, layered in fog, in constant winter weather. And it is the setting for Jung's struggles with the powerful North Atlantic, island politics, and family struggles. the conflicts are not just with the phyiscal world -- the horrible power of the ocean and its storms-- but also the internal strife.
What the book does best is cross the line between fiction and nonfiction. Yes this is fiction but there is truth here, and you can tell the author knows of what he writes about. The eternal struggle of man against both nature and society are beautifully protrayed here.
Not since "...And Ladies of the Club" have I read a novel that has given me such pleasure. I will be raving about Rockbound for months to come. Day captures the hard fishing life on a small Nova Scotia island with an accuracy that could only have been acquired from being there. Day was a native Nova Scotian and paid exquisite attention to the dialect of the fishermen of the South Shore. He reproduces the speech of the islanders and, unlike many phonetic dialectical transcriptions which I find difficult to read in print (but not a problem to read aloud), the Germanic-based dialect flows along without pulling me back to parse what it is that people are saying. For example, when David Jung, the protagonist, sails to Rockbound island, he asks his great-uncle Uriah to work with him on the fishing boats:
"An' what might ye be wantin'?" said the old man, the king of Rockbound.
"I wants fur to be yur sharesman," answered David.
"Us works here on Rockbound."
"I knows how to work.Read more ›
It wasn't until after I read the book that I read the inside cover to see that the book had been reprinted. The original publication date was in 1928.
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I chose this review because the book took me there among those people and their hard scrabble life. Thank Canada Reads for drawing my attention to it.Published 10 months ago by Jim Thorne
This is the third edition I have purchased. It was a book of the way life was in fishing villages and the author made you feel you were part of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2010 by Brian MacMullin
This is Canadian writing at its most boring. Go to sleep. Wake up in a hundred years and it will be just as boring. There are so many other great writers and novels out there. Read morePublished on March 19 2005