Barbarian Days is William Finnegans memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing looks like a sport, but that is only to outsiders. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Africa. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art.
On 15 CDs. Running time 18 hrs 13 mins. Performed by the author.