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Rockbound Paperback – May 1 1989

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised ed. edition (May 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802067239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802067234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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This is Canadian fiction at its best. Set in the early 1900's, prior to World War one, this book follows the life of David Jung; from his early Youth when he arrives on Rockbound Island to stake his claim though his struggles and strifes to become the uncrowned King of the Island.

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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 20 2005
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This book is a true hidden treasure. Ignore completely the sour review referring to it as "boring" (must have been written by someone berift of imagination), it is anything but - you will enjoy this book from beginning to end. It doesn't matter if you are a native Nova Scotian or not, you will not regret picking this up.
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Rockbound by Frank Parker Day is a "rediscovered" novel from 1928. Reprinted only for the second time in 1973, yet not achieving widespread acclaim until 2005, this hidden gem took thus almost eight decades to capture the attention of Canada from coast to coast. When my library system singled out this novel as a "Rave and Fave" (a term we use for focussing attention on specific novels or works of nonfiction for a brief period, then introducing new titles) I was interested. Rockbound bills itself as "the classic novel of Nova Scotia's South Shore". Since my beloved is from Nova Scotia I always read something from down east before or after a trip I make with him to see the in-laws. I do this to get me in the maritime mood. Rockbound was my choice prior to our upcoming trip.

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.
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By A Customer on April 20 2005
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Despite almost being scared off by the strange spelling/pronunciation in the dialogue, I really enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It is such a vivid portrayal of the harsh life in the early 20C Maritimes -- I put it down and just couldn't stop thinking about how cozy my life is! Even though I couldn't follow all the fishing descriptions and details (I am giving it to my Dad, a fisherman, for father's day) I think this is a great book, much better that many early Canadian ho-hum classics like Roughing it in the Bush. I would much rather have read this in Canadian Lit at university.
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I read this book because it was recommended on CBC Radio, during Canada Reads, a few years ago. Those people who live in the maritimes will see that this is as realistic as it gets; those of you who don't and would like to know what life in a fishing village is like, this is the book. It is an extraordinary maritime fiction, based on an actual place and with descendents of the original characters still alive. (names had been changed for the book)

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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stumbled on an audio book for a road trip, loved it because i'd just spent time in Nova Scotia; recommended it to my book club and all enjoyed it for it's Canadian classic simplicity and authenticity
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This is a book I should have read years ago.It is intreging from beginning to end. The style is monumental with enough of the best of British syntax in it to make it rock solid.I can say it will hold up as long as Canadian literature takes its place in international best sellers.Makes me want to see what else I have missed in this way.
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