Rockbound

Rockbound Review

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, 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.

Title:Rockbound
Edition Language:English

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    Rockbound Reviews

  • Krista

    “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.” “Kn...

  • Shirley Schwartz

    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...

  • Nathaniel Smith

    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...

  • Kereesa

    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 w...

  • Kelly ...

    I have rarely read a book that so fully transports me to another place. The harshness and uniqueness of Nova Scotia was so fully revealed that I felt as though I had visited with these men on a cold, ...

  • Jennifer

    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 - an...

  • Donna

    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, tra...

  • Al

    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 har...

  • Ronald Kelland

    I loved this book even more than I expected to. The story is great. It tells of a small, island-bound community of the coast of Nova Scotia - of their trials and tribulations, of their joys and sorrow...

  • Dawn

    This is another one of those books I would have never read if it weren't for Book Club, however, I'm glad I read it.Truthfully, I found it hard to follow. The dialogue made it especially difficult and...