RockboundAudiobook CD - 2005
Frank Parker Day's classic novel about a windswept island off Nova Scotia and its ruthless fisherman king was chosen by CBC Radio's CANADA READS panel as the one book all Canadians should read. Now, the CBC's magnificent serialization of Rockbound (narrated by Richard Donat and broadcast on "The Round Up" and "Between the Covers" in March 2005) is available on CD.
The story of David Jung, who arrives on the island of Rockbound at the age of 18 with nothing but the rags on his back and a fisherman's determination to survive, Rockbound stems out of the same realist, working-class tradition as the novels of Thomas Hardy. Battling the fierce Atlantic and steering his course between Rockbound's two warring clans -- the Jungs and the Krauses -- David slowly builds a life for himself. He marries and has a son, finds a soul mate in lighthouse keeper Gershom Born, and falls deeply (and secretly) in love with Mary, the island school teacher. But David does not count on the wicked cunning of his great-uncle Uriah, self-proclaimed ruler of Rockbound and his one true enemy. Shakespearean actor Richard Donat evokes the quiet majesty of this deeply allusive novel, imparting a rich resonance to the unique dialect of Day's Rockbounders.