Sunday, November 14, 2010

(Book #37) Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea

I seem to be going through a few classics this year and Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea' is another that embodies that category. This was the second Hemingway novel that I have read, and much like the other, this one managed to be a rich and compelling story told in Hemingway's simple prose. It was a quick read, but those pages embodied an entire lifestyle, that of a poor fisherman in Cuba. This particular tale related the events of a fishing trip of an old man, Santiago, and his epic struggle with an enormous marlin. The sparring with the fish took up at least half of the book itself and through this was an unfolding of the character. Though this was Hemingway's last published novel, it was another great example that telling a very subtle story can still relate something deeply human.

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