Book review: The old man and the sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
The old man and the sea is one of the notable works of Ernest Hemingway. This book was published in 1952 after which Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1954. Hemingway is considered as one of the best writer of all time and some of his other notable works are; A farewell to arms, for whom the bells tolls, the sun also rises.
Santiago, the old fisherman has now gone 84 days without catching a fish and now considered as salao, which is the worst of unlucky. His apprentice Manolin was forced to leave his side by his father. Poverty stricken old man has to sell his cast net and pretended to have rice in pot in front of Manolin. On the eighty fifth day, the old man sails his stiff far away in the sea, sets his line, prepares his bait and waits for his luck to turn. A marlin takes his bait which might earn him a fare amount of money. He holds his line and the rope cuts through his hands each time marlin pulls the skiff. In this fight the wounded old man admires the strength, calmness and confidence of his rival. /How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of behavior and great dignity./ This is not the story of triumph, the sweet victory. This is the story of what comes after he successfully catches the marlin, the story of what comes afterward. /“They beat me, Manolin,” he said. “They truly beat me.” “He didn’t beat you. Not the fish.” “No. Truly. It was afterwards.”/ The book is a gripping read and every page of it makes itself count. It can be read in one sitting and the deeper you go the deeper you understand its meaning. Also, the old man is great admirer of DiMaggio, a baseball player. This book succeeds in luring the sympathy for both the old man and the marlin. In this story Hemingway tells about the struggle and the pain to achieve the victory and what happens afterwards if you went too far. A book that deserve the right spot in your collection.
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