The old man and the Sea (1952)

The book

The old man and the sea is a novel about the sea and an elderly Cuban man called Santiago. This small booklet is pretty amazing and fascinating, in my opinion. One is sucked into the tale, and Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) has done an excellent job of capturing the reader’s attention. The plot in the book is fairly simple to read; Hemingway talks clearly, precisely and avoids using extra complex terms. He succeeds in presenting a narrative as if you were there with the fisherman at the time.

Although it is simple to read, it has a deep story. Santiago, the main character, has had his fair share of bad luck; he hadn’t caught a fish in 84 days, but as he sailed out into the Gulf Stream, he snagged a massive marlin. The struggle that ensued is an epic battle between an old, seasoned fisherman and a huge marlin. The battle with the marlin is arduous, but he perseveres; his determination is amazing.

As a result, it is also a narrative about success and failure, as well as discovering defeat in success. There might be a lot of meaning in the text as well, but as Hemingway himself stated, ‘the sea is just the sea, the sharks are just sharks, and, ‘All the symbolism that people say is sh*t.’ As a result, it’s a simple narrative conveyed in a huge way. A story of an old man who battles nature.

The book The old man and the sea is a story that was written by Ernest Hemingway and American author. Hemingway has written more than a dozen books, two widely known titles are For whom the bell tolls and Farewell to Arms. The book The old man and the sea was originally published in 1952 and it became a immediate bestseller, ultimately winning the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. The old man and the sea would be his last published book before his suicide in 1961.

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway was an American author from Oak Park (IL) who had an amazing life. He was born in 1899 and lived through and witnessed numerous significant historical events. He served as a red cross ambulance driver during World War I (1914-1918). As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, he covered the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). During the Second World War (1939-1945), Hemingway worked as a reporter in the far east, a U-boat hunter in Cuba aboard his homemade torpedo-boat, and a reporter on the western front. He lived in Paris, Cuba, Canada, China, America, and many other locations. As a result, one can definitely claim that he lived his life to the fullest. However, one might argue that these occurrences left indelible imprints on his soul.

During his later years, Hemingway became a troubled soul. A news article from Fox News called The old man and his sea: How Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home spawned some of his finest work states that he received electric shock therapy to treat his bipolar condition, but this fried his brain and deprived him of his memory. He also became permanently scarred by two plane crashes. Although the narrative of the fisherman is written some years before his death, one may imagine Hemingway as the elderly fisherman. Hemingway, like the Fisherman, fights and battles nature, and both enjoyed sailing and fishing. However, this is a question only he could answer, and he is no longer with us.

Yay or nay

The Old Man and the Sea is not a difficult book to read, and it is just around 100 pages long, yet the tale in the book is extremely beautiful and epic. So I would urge that people read this novel, and you won’t be reading for long; it’s brief, and you can read the entire booklet from cover to cover in one day. The only thing that can slow you down is pausing and thinking about the passages, because the book makes the reader think about what the tale is conveying. This, however, does not have to be a disadvantage; I believe it is a positive indication if a writer stimulates a reader to think about his or her work. As a result, the book is unquestionably recommended.

The Old Man and the Sea (Vintage Classics)

Written by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

112 pages. Vintage Classics.

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