The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: 1995
From the publisher:
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.
This is another one of those classics I have never read until now. I liked it well enough but I certainly didn’t love it. It’s one of those books that the more I think about, the less I think I liked it.
It’s a short book and I took my time with it and was only reading a few pages at a time over the course of several days. I did get caught up in the old man’s battle with the marlin and there were actually moments that were rather exciting. On the other hand there were things that the old man did that seemed pretty stupid for a man who has been fishing all his life.
This was my first book by Hemingway and I have to say I wasn’t blown away. I doubt I’ll make an effort to seek out any of his other work.