13 episodes

Bernard the German is the tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound, a true story of an ox of a man who died just as he lived- very remarkably, while following his dreams right to his grave. This 10-part series will take you on an adventure around the world, from the war-torn rubble of post-war Germany, to the coastal wilderness of Desolation Sound, B.C., to the dangerous but alluring tropical climes of the South Seas. Told in a fast-paced serialized format, this epic tragedy will appeal to anyone with a thirst for wanderlust. 

Bernard the German Grant Lawrence

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 21 Ratings

Bernard the German is the tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound, a true story of an ox of a man who died just as he lived- very remarkably, while following his dreams right to his grave. This 10-part series will take you on an adventure around the world, from the war-torn rubble of post-war Germany, to the coastal wilderness of Desolation Sound, B.C., to the dangerous but alluring tropical climes of the South Seas. Told in a fast-paced serialized format, this epic tragedy will appeal to anyone with a thirst for wanderlust. 

    Hermit of Desolation Sound - The Trailer

    Hermit of Desolation Sound - The Trailer

    Hermit of Desolation Sound is Grant Lawrence's latest true life adventure series, starring Russell Letawsky, the hermit philosopher who lived off the grid in a dank shack on West Coast of Canada for over a decade. 

    • 1 min
    Chapter Ten - Part Two - The End

    Chapter Ten - Part Two - The End

    Bernard the German's colourful and adventurous life comes to a tragic and unpredictable end in Fiji.  

    • 12 min
    Chapter Ten - Part One - The Paradise

    Chapter Ten - Part One - The Paradise

    Bernard the German and Darragh the Irishman barely survive what turns out to be Cyclone Thomas, a Category 4 tropical storm. They find themselves closest to Fiji, where life changes in ways the big German could have never have predicted. 

    • 10 min
    Chapter Nine - The Storm

    Chapter Nine - The Storm

    Bernard the German's dream of sailing around the world is threatened when he is diagnosed with cancer, but thanks to an Irish lucky charm / skipper-for-hire named Darragh McCarthy, together the two misfits attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean. 

    • 11 min
    Chapter Eight - The Sailboat

    Chapter Eight - The Sailboat

    After a serious health scare, Bernard the German decides to sell his hand-built eagle's nest of a cabin in Desolation Sound to follow his second dream: sailing around the world. 

    • 10 min
    Chapter Seven - The Goodbye

    Chapter Seven - The Goodbye

    Bernard the German rushes to help a Desolation Sound neighbour whose cabin has erupted into flames. 

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Fred61&& ,

Once again, out of the park!

Had heard a few episodes on NXNW, GREAT TO LISTEN TO THE whole story

Gal in a kitchen ,

Excellent storytelling!!

So enjoyed hearing this series on CBC, and again in podcast form. Grant is a masterful storyteller, and Bernard's life story is fascinating.

DesoBoy ,

Bernard the German

What an incredible life well lived and well told!

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