The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Published by Arrow Books
Published 2014 (first published 1952)
I have challenged myself to read four classic novels this year. For the purposes of this I have defined a classic novel as a modern classic, a classic from the days of yore (I did say that) and a book that can be found on any of the hundreds of lists of classic novels you can find online. This is my first choice. I will likely read one every quarter.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway’s magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. In a perfectly crafted story, which won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man’s challenge to the elements in which he lives.
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I confess: I’ve never read Hemmingway before. I’m sure this is some sort of crime.
I loved The Old Man and the Sea. It’s the perfect kind of story. I found this fable hugely enjoyable. The premise of The Old Man and the Sea seems fairly simple; an old man, who’s gone more than eighty days without catching a fish, ventures out further in pursuit of a fish and endangers everything. However, this fable is much more complex than it first appears. I thought the characters were great as well, richly drawn, vivid and memorable. I could clearly picture them. The Old Man and the Sea has an amazing sense of place. I felt like I was right beside the old man in his boat, far out at sea. I’d highly recommend The Old Man and the Sea and definitely plan to read more Hemmingway.