Rockbound #2020

Rockbound Frank Parker Day Rockbound To the harsh domain of Rockbound governed by the sternly righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung comes the youthful David Jung to claim his small share of the island Filled with dreamy optimism and a love

  • Title: Rockbound
  • Author: Frank Parker Day
  • ISBN: 9780802067234
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rockbound Frank Parker Day To the harsh domain of Rockbound governed by the sternly righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung comes the youthful David Jung to claim his small share of the island Filled with dreamy optimism and a love for the unspoken promises of the night sky, David tries to find his way in a narrow, unforgiving, and controlled world His conflicts are both internal and external, locTo the harsh domain of Rockbound governed by the sternly righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung comes the youthful David Jung to claim his small share of the island Filled with dreamy optimism and a love for the unspoken promises of the night sky, David tries to find his way in a narrow, unforgiving, and controlled world His conflicts are both internal and external, locking him in an unceasing struggle for survival sometimes the sea is his enemy, sometimes his own rude behavior, sometimes his best friend Gershom Born, sometimes his secret love for the island teacher Mary Dauphiny but always, inevitably, his Jung relatives and their manifold ambitions for money and power.The balance of life on Rockbound is precarious and thus fiercely guarded by all who inhabit its lonely domain, but just as a sudden change in the direction of the wind can lead to certain peril at sea, so too can the sudden change in the direction of a man s heart lead to a danger altogether unknown.Enormously evocative of the power, terror, and dramatic beauty of the Atlantic sea, and unrelenting in its portrait of back breaking labour, cunning bitterness, and family strife, Rockbound is a story of many passions love, pride, greed, and yearning all formed and buffeted on a small island by an unyielding wind and the rocky landscape of the human spirit.Roockbound won Canada Reads in 2005.
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    1. 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 Knows how to work an brung up on de Outposts jeered Uriah Us has half a day s work done fore de Outposters rub sleep out o dere eyes, ain t it I knows how to work, repeated the boy stubbornly Where s yur gear an clothes at I se got all my gear an clothes on me, said David, grinning down at his buttonless shirt, ragged trousers, and bare [...]

    2. Rockbound is the story of David, a fisherman in Canada s Nova Scotia, and his journey in becoming one of the people and fishers of Rockbound, a small island off the coast split by competing families who s hierarchies, hatreds, and actions lie at the heart of the people of Rockbound Love, friendship, and tragedy occur in Parker Day s romantic view of the original Nova Scotian island Ironbound as the fictional character David faces his Goliath, and makes a place for himself on the cold, unforgivin [...]

    3. I love CanLit It s one of my favourite genres, and I am so proud of our numerous very talented authors in this country This book is a classic and a fitting winner of the Canada Reads award The book was written in 1928 by Frank Parker Day, who was born in Nova Scotia He was schooled in Oxford and in Berlin and came back to North America at the beginning of the Great War He taught in the States for a while, but came back to Cape Breton to live out the rest of his life All of Day s experiences with [...]

    4. This was a perfect book to discover on the shelf of my family s place in Maine Written in 1928, the language is smooths and masterful, and the story is both classic and original at the same time The tragedies so well known to fishing communities like the fictional Rockbound of Nova Scotia are not glossed over in this book, but the author also acknowledges the culture and great spirit that those communities had as well This was a thrilling sea yarn, educational treatise on fishing methods, anda t [...]

    5. originally published in 1928, rockbound never made much of a splash with book sales, but the novel crops up in CanLit courses across the country in 2005, the novel was included in Canada Reads and ended up winning this was cool because it brought a whole new audience to the book set on an island off nova scotia s south shore, the story well depicts the hardships of rural and fishing life, and the challenges of a community almost completely connected as family the settings are evocative and the c [...]

    6. My best read so far this year Day s descriptions drew me right intothe story, and every page was a gem, right from beginning to end Clearand poignant evocation of setting, characters, community, traditionVoted as the book all of Canada should read in 2005 by CBC Canada Readsprogram I m not sure that I would agree with that lofty opinion, butloved it all the same Excellent read Highly recommended.QUOTE Life was like the sea that began the destruction of an island as soon as it had made it p 134

    7. Beautifully written period piece, about life on an island in Maritime Canada Written in 1928, Day does a great job of painting the life through story of a remote fishing community, describing the hard life they lived in a natural style that makes this story easy to read, despite the colloquial dialogue of the time which once you get into its rhythm becomes easy and enjoyable to follow Best read while listening to The Waterboy s Fisherman s Blues on repeat and enjoying a rum or two at the same ti [...]

    8. This book has a fairy tale quality and includes frequent references to both The Tempest and The Canterbury Tales It s essentially a fable set in the Maritimes While it flirts with Realism in its depictions of fishing and light house keeping, it obviously Romanticizes quite a bit As a Maritimer, better Romanticized than ignored.

    9. Part of what is wonderful about reading a book is the escapism You can immerse yourself in the characters and the places of another world Frank Day Parker s book, Rockbound, provides just such an escape Selected as one of the CBC Canada Reads texts for 2005, it has experienced a re birth This novel, originally published in 1928, has been brought back and thank goodness that it has.It is the story of David, an out port fisherman who has gone to Rockbound to claim his share of the family lands fro [...]

    10. A well written book, that did a fantastic job at exploring the lives of a fishing colony on a small island in Nova Scotia I can see why it won the Canada Reads award, it may not have been completely gripping for me, but the writing and development was well done, and I can definitely see a lot of readers enjoying the story.The author does a fantastic job at creating a very realistic atmosphere of the small fishing island in Nova Scotia He writes about the harshness of the sea and the lives of a f [...]

    11. David Jung, an 18 year old abysmally poor orphan, lands on Rockbound, an isolated island in the Atlantic surrounded by fog, storms and often brutal winter weather He has nothing but the worn and tattered clothes on his back and a driving determination to make something of himself and have a better life Uriah Jung, his great Uncle, is the acknowledged king of this small island, but David who has inherited one tenth of it from his dead mother, has come to claim his inheritance This is the story of [...]

    12. My maternal grandfather was in his late teens when a woman a teacher I imagine taught him the sounds of letters He then taught himself to read and write I don t know many details of this story, as it didn t seem necessary to keep the details from generation to generation But when I read about David approaching the one room school teacher Mary about learning how to read, I could not stop thinking of my own grandfather.Here is the passage that follows, when David is sitting at his kitchen table tr [...]

    13. 7 January 2010Promises to be a David and Goliath story of mythical proportions, set on a rugged island, isolated and harsh The evocation of Jason of Golden Fleece fame , the Biblical David, and Fate all within the first few pages establish the universality of the story and the wheel of fortune at work Character driven and with a strong sense of place, the book evokes a real time and place Looking forward to reading this book Not having too much difficulty with the dialect, although my husband la [...]

    14. I really thought that I wasn t going to like this book Most times when I think about books about Atlantic Canada and fishing, my first thought that it is going to be depressing Life is hard, people die to the sea, and it is just plain miserable I was never so happy to be proven wrong Rockbound is a book about David Jung who goes to the island of Rockbound as an orphan to work for his uncle Uriah, who is known as the King of Rockbound David must work hard to prove his worth, and to try to be acce [...]

    15. Such a lovely book Really should be a classic, and I m glad it was resurrected by U of T and Canada Reads It follows a basic plot structure, one main likeable protagonist, some not completely evil villains, drama and a bit of romance Actually, literarily Shakespearean speaking, it is a romance because the devil intercedes at one point.David is a young man with a good work ethic who strives to reclaim his land on a island, Rockbound There are two feuding families on the island and a local lightho [...]

    16. A reprint of a book originally released in 1928.It was a Canada Reads 2005 Winner It is written by the now passed author Frank Parker Day It is a fiction set in the off shore islands on the south of Nova Scotia It has much of the dialect of the time which I found a bit difficult at first The time is the late 1800 s This book starts out rather slowly but if you soldier on it is a most interesting read It is a truly interesting look into the difficult lives the early fishermen of the time had and [...]

    17. This book was published in 1928 and I came across it because of its Canada Reads 2005 status It gives a fascinating account life as a fisherman on the south shore of Nova Scotia in the early 20th century Only thing i didn t like was too much dialogue written in strong accents On the other hand, some people on the south shore still sound somewhat like that Was trying to find background on the book and found that the Rockbound island is likely drawn from the Tancook Islands, in Mahone Bay In 1929 [...]

    18. This is a classic of life on an island of the coast of Nova Scotia It tells of back breaking work, dependence on the sea for livlihood and the hardships of life almost cut off from the rest of civilization.Rockbound is ruled by a cunning old man and his family who does anything and everything he can think of to make money He is as hard atask master, some would say a slave driver as he is avaricious.The language of the fishermen and women is very idiomatic and hard to follow at first but it is an [...]

    19. This book captivated me I could envision the characters vividly I found them to be engaging, interesting and certainly human I am aware of the outcry of the people at the time this book was published and empathize with their desire not to look foolish in the eyes of the world However, I read resilience, survival, family ties that bind, and endurance Any sense of the foolish and absurd gave way in my admiration for their fortitude Recommended for anyone looking to expand their range of Canadian l [...]

    20. I ve read this book twice now While I enjoyed it the first time around, it s still a fascinating look at life in a very isolated Nova Scotian community in the early 20th century The central character, David Jung, has come to Rockbound to claim his late mother s property David disrupts the kingdom of Uriah Jung, the patriarch of the island Life is difficult for everyone in the book, and you won t be smiling much as you read, but it s still enjoyable and well written The dialect used by the autho [...]

    21. Some books are nice to read others nice to have read to you This is in the latter category The audiobook is very good and the narration is the perfect way to experience the story It is the tale of a fishing community in Nova Scotia There are storms, shipwrecks, epic courtships, fish harvests, fights, boozing and , largely told in local vernacular I do not know if it is at all true to life as it was long ago but it seems so authentic it is how many of us imagine it to be.It is a rollicking story [...]

    22. If you enjoy Canadiana and or books about agrarian, rough existences then this is the book for you If you can t handle reading vernacular dialogue, steer clear If it s something you enjoy, this book is a gem in that regard I loved this book It s always refreshing to read older books because of the strong, classic narratives that are out of style except for fantasy in this po mo world It s a fast, easy read, with piles of sensory experiences that will make you both fear and love the cold Atlantic [...]

    23. As someone who grew up on the prairies and have only lived in Western Canada I have very little knowledge of the history, stories and traditions that emerge from Atlantic Canada This book inspires me to learn .Day depicts the lives of a group of men who depend on fishing for their livelihood The women do not play a major role in the story except as plot devices The real struggle is between the men and the ocean as they try to eke out a living on small isolated island on Nova Scotia s South Shore [...]

    24. Life on a half mile wide island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the very early 1900s The twenty or so inhabitants are tough and hard working, earn a tenuous living from the sea, and mostly hate each other The author weaves good quasi love story out of the setting though the characters are memorable and the dialogue though difficult to read at first b c of the thick vernacular is entertaining Enjoyed it

    25. This book is considered a classic of Nova Scotia literature I enjoyed it, but I found the east coast dialect difficult to get used to and to understand It worked for me as a novel that portrayed what life was like for isolated fisher families I did not feel that I really got to know the main character well, but I could easily picture a stereotype of him I must confess to skimming all the sailing lingo as it meant nothing to land bound me.

    26. Rockbound by Frank Parker Day helped me to understand the culture of Eastern Canada When speaking to recent residents of Newfoundland I discovered that the book, altho written over 70 years ago is still true to form The characters, the life, the story of love and loss, misunderstanding and renewal all made we love this book Read first in 2005 thank you CBC Canada Reads and reread in 2011 Go Canada

    27. A beautiful story of a small Maritime fishing community, originally published in 1928 Myself, coming from a small Maritime fishing community and fishing family, this was as soothing, as a bedtime story The dialect was a bit hard to follow at times but once I got into the story and characters, it got easier to follow A story of love, the sea, greed and resilience and piled into one classic novel.

    28. This book wasn t only hard to get into story line wise, the garbled written speech was also a challenge to get around and I speak with a NS Accent.No gripping characters to be tied down to this book for me.A better novel for NS fisherman themes if someone was interested would be Lobster Kings

    29. I m not 100% sure why I loved this book, but I did The historical perspective of life in a hard scrabble Nova Scotian fishing village, the heart breaking trials of David Jung, the feuds and fights of the residents of Rockbound, altogether made for a great story.I would especially recommend to anyone with a romantic ideal of life on the East Coast but who has a tolerance for rough dialect.

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