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  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • English
  • 21 September 2018
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The Old Man and the Sea[Reading] ➸ The Old Man and the Sea By Ernest Hemingway – Essayreview.co.uk This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses specifically referred to in the citation This short Man and PDF/EPUB ´ novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author s Nobel Prize for literature in.


About the Author: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Man and PDF/EPUB ´ Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid s and the mid s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non fiction works Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non fiction works were published The Old MOBI :Á posthumously Many of these are considered classics of American literatureHemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, and after high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers In , he was seriously wounded and returned home His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms In , he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives The couple moved to Paris, Old Man and PDF/EPUB ¾ where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the s Lost Generation expatriate community The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway s first novel, was published in After his divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer They divorced after he returned from Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of ParisShortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in , Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two plane crashes that left him in pain and ill health for much of the rest of his life Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the s and s, but in he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of .


10 thoughts on “The Old Man and the Sea

  1. says:

    I read this as a young man and was disappointed It didn t work for me I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation, picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing They say his father was a fisherman.I picked it up again, after the passage of some years, and found it incredibly poignant It s a simple story There s an old man, Santiago, who is a fisherman fallen on hard times He is cared I read this as a young man and was disappointed It didn t work for me I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation, picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing They say his father was a fisherman.I picked it up again, after the passage of some years, and found it incredibly poignant It s a simple story There s an old man, Santiago, who is a fisherman fallen on hard times He is cared for by a young boy, Manolin, who no longer works on his boat Santiago goes into the Gulf and engages in the fight of his life with a giant marlin What follows is a dream like, stream of conscious meditation as the old man matches strength and wits with the great fish After 84 days of no fish, Santiago takes his skiff far out to sea He drops his line and hooks a marlin He can t pull it in, so he takes hold of the line, beginning the back and forth when the marlin runs, he gives the line slack when the marlin is still, he pulls the line in The old man s hands are cut by the rope His muscles strain He has no food or water Yet he doesn t give up The obsession has shades of Moby Dick, except at the end of this novel, I didn t feel the need to dig up Melville and punch him in the skull I have never seen or heard of such a fish But I must kill him I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought The moon runs away Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity I do not understand these things, he thought But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.Eventually, the marlin is hauled in and killed The old man attaches him to the boat, and begins to row towards shore Of course, the marlin is dripping blood, so if you ve seen Jaws or read James and the Giant Peach, you can imagine that his dreams of hitting it big with this fish are probably not going to come to pass Age teaches you a lot of things You start to realize that you might never be the person you thought you d be as a child Days go by, you start to loseand gain less I thought about this as I thought about the old man, raging like Dylan Thomas against the night an old man nearing the end of his days fighting against nature, time, death, a fish, able to boil all things down into one climatic struggle on the high seas At the end, he did not succeed, at least not in the manner he d foreseen, but he was, in an inimitable way, victorious You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him Or is it

  2. says:

    Oh, my good lord in heaven Cut your line, land your boat and go to McDonald s Just as in the case of The Great Gatsby, I understand the book Yes, I know it changed the way American writers write I also understand that it celebrates the ridiculous American idea that you re only a REAL man if you ve done something entirely purposeless, but really dangerous, in pursuit of making yourself look like the bull with the biggest sexual equipment Get over it, already Go home and clean out the refrig Oh, my good lord in heaven Cut your line, land your boat and go to McDonald s Just as in the case of The Great Gatsby, I understand the book Yes, I know it changed the way American writers write I also understand that it celebrates the ridiculous American idea that you re only a REAL man if you ve done something entirely purposeless, but really dangerous, in pursuit of making yourself look like the bull with the biggest sexual equipment Get over it, already Go home and clean out the refrigerator, or wash the curtains, or vacuum under the furniture Pick your kids up from school or take your daughter bra shopping THAT would impress me Being too dumb to cut your fishing line Not the mate I would pickThe only bright spot about the book is if you think of it on a metaphorical level there is a point at which ALL of us must grit our teeth and hold on in the face of despair That is the definition of life However, if that s the point, then the plot situation needs to be one of necessity like the shipwreck in Life of Pi , instead of stubbornness It s been a while since I wrote this review, and there s a lot of amusing speculation in the comments people have attached I have to say, they crack me up Here s my final word on reviewing on Goodreads or anywhere One of the most important elements of reading is that it allows each of us to react in the way we need to react, without judgment, as we experience the book This is how I reacted to The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway is dead, or I wouldn t have been so up front with my opinion He s not insulted, I understand that we all need goals in life, and I ve been happily married for a LONG time Now take a deep breath and smile Life is too short to be anxious about picayune stuff like this

  3. says:

    Worst book ever.Just throw the fucking fish back in Fuck.

  4. says:

    There isn t any symbolism The sea is the sea The old man is an old man The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse All the symbolism that people say is shit What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know Ernest Hemingway

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    My very first time reading Papa and I absolutely LOVED IT Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me.Let me explainLast year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit 40th birt My very first time reading Papa and I absolutely LOVED IT Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me.Let me explainLast year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit 40th birthday It was the latter part of October near the end of harvest time and the weather was perfectDUH, it s Napa We were staying at our favorite Napa sanctuary, the Villagio Inn and Spa Though pricey, Vellagio is just about perfect, it s centrally located, with wonderful rooms, and one of the BEST breakfast spreads in the worldHey, when you are going out drinking all day, it is important to load up on foodstuffs to avoid alcohol related trouble have a nice big breakfast before you go out and drink all dayit is called being practical Speaking of drinking all day, we had just come back from an awesome tour of the Castle di Amarossa Winery which is, I shit you not, a real castle in the middle of Napa, California complete with MEGA DINING HALL and a TORTURE CHAMBER..yep, a rack, an Iron Maiden and some device that made me constipated just looking at it Anyway, we got back to the room and had a few hours to relax before a late dinner reservation Well, I don t sleep all that much and so, while my wife took a nap light weight that she is , I decided I would find something fairly short to read I choose this story because it was only 100 pages long or just under 3 hours via audio and it seemed to fit my time allotment perfectly So, feeling a little buzzed and in a superb, yet contemplative mood I had just turned 40 for crying out loud , I poured myself another glass of wine shut up and don t judge me , went and sat on the balcony outside our room and, with the sun starting to go down, began listening to the audio version of this story Well, this story slammed me and had me sucked in and captive from the very first wordsHe was the old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty four days now without taking a fishBy the way, now would be a good time to mention that the audio version I listened to was read by Donald Sutherland, and the marriage of the story with Sutherland s perfect narration was nothing short of magical In my opinion it is THE ONLY VERSION of the audio book that should be sold As many have said and almost as many have complained , this is in many ways a simple story about an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago, who has had a significant run of bad luck fishing i.e., 84 daysEverything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeatedAttempting to change his luck, he decides to take his skiff further out than he has ever gone before, beyond all the people of the world. Eventually, he lands the largest Marlin he s ever seen and the bulk of the narrative details his epic struggle to reel in the fish and get it back to shore Yes, a simple story and Hemingway uses sparse, straight forward proseand devastates with them The most powerful emotions, passions and struggles that people experience are often tied to the most basic needs and the most elemental aspects of who they are I felt an immediate connection to the story and was deeply moved by the restrained, yet palpable power of the narrative The most lasting message that I took away from the story was that, despite the many hardships Santiago faces, and the titanic trials that he endures on the open sea, I NEVER ONCE felt that I was supposed to pity or feel sorry for him in any way Here was a person doing what he loves to do, what gives him purpose in life, and struggling with an iron will to accomplish his goal The struggle is hard, it is difficult, but it is who he is and what gives him fulfillment in life All I could feel was giant admiration for this man I found this uplifting and a powerful reaffirmation of what is truly important in lifeBut a man is not made for defeat A man can be destroyed but not defeated Whether it was the setting I was in, the mood I was in, the wine I was drinking, the wonderful narration or the power of the words themselves, in the end the result was the same I felt ALIVE, and for that I say thank you Papa wherever you are That is basically it, but I wanted to leave you with my favorite line from the story, one that I think encapsulates everything Hemingway set out to accomplish in his taleAnd what beat you, he thought Nothing, he said aloud I went out too far5.0 stars and one of my All Time favorites HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

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    It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images The GOP has offered us a ready made item to begin this list, and yes, I know that John Stewart already snagged this one and threw it back.I turned up a visual art concept that fits in, for a restaurant based on EH themes Although I did not sit for this photo, the resemblance is indeed strikingAnd, of courseThe Old Man and the Cee Lo.I suppose am certain there are plentyimages one It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images The GOP has offered us a ready made item to begin this list, and yes, I know that John Stewart already snagged this one and threw it back.I turned up a visual art concept that fits in, for a restaurant based on EH themes Although I did not sit for this photo, the resemblance is indeed strikingAnd, of courseThe Old Man and the Cee Lo.I suppose am certain there are plentyimages one might lure into our net, but sticking to words for a bit, we will pass on the porn offering, The Old Man and the Semen How about the moving tale of a Navy Construction veteran, The Old Man and the Seabees, or an obstetrical episode of Grey s Anatomy, The Old Man and the C Section Then there might be a psychological drama about a man with bipolar disorder, The Old Man and the See Saw, or a book about an elderly acupuncturist, The Old Man and the Chi How about a Disney adventure in which Paul Hogan rescues a pinniped, yes, gentle reader, The Old Man and the Seal Maybe a bit of Cuban self affirmation, The Old Man and the Si I could go on, of course, and probably will, at home, until my wife threatens to leave The possibilities are rather endless But the Geneva Conventions might be brought into play, and we can t have that Tackling such a review head on seems, somehow, wrong, like using paint by number to copy the Mona Lisa, carving the Pieta out of gigantic blocks of cheddar, writing a love poem for your beloved using MadLibs or view spoiler Yes, the forces of righteousness sanity wanted this one deep sixed checking for skid marks on Ghandi s dhoti Ok, 12 year old inner me is all giggly now hide spoiler At some point, though, I guess you have to, you know, fish or cut bait I struggled mightily with this one, finding a hook, then having it pull away, grabbing hold of an idea and watching it disappear beneath waves of uncertainty I tried waiting a while, resting between attempts, losing myself in other contemplations Smiling a bit, but always hoping for something I could finally yank aboard Notions of religious connections, Papa s personal philosophy, and story telling technique all pulled in diverse directions As you will see, it was a not a simple contest And I am not certain that what I ultimately caught is all that filling 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 In the first forty days a boy had been with him But after forty days without a fish the boy s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.So opens The Old Man and the Sea, the book, we hear tell, that convinced the Nobel committee to reel in EGH with the biggest literary hook of them all Santiago is an old, unlucky, but skilled Cuban fisherman He has an able assistant, the young Manolin The lad is not a blood relation, but he sees a father figure in the old man, and he may be a younger reflection of the old man himself Maybe Santiago sees himself in the young man and takes some strength from that Like the best sort of father, he teaches the boy to fish rather than fishing for him But Santiago s ill fortune has marked him as someone to be avoided and Manolin s parents have put the kibosh on their professional association The old man is determined to salvage his reputation, and his honor, and bring in some money by going farther out than the other fishermen are willing to sail, in search of redemption No herald calls him to action No dramatic event sparks him to excessive risk It is an internal challenge that powers his engines But it is a quest nonetheless on which Santiago embarks Any time there are fish involved, one might presume a degree of soul saving I do not know enough Hemingway to have a take on whether or not that figured here I raise it only as a passing thought But the second sentence of the book offers a hint In the first forty days clearly places Santiago s travails alongside another person who spent forty days in a different barren environment It was after being baptized that Jesus spent his time in the desert, preparing for what awaited Is Santiago to be tested here Will he be offered a route away from his difficult path The waters are becalmed Nothing moves A moment, then, for a digression OK, let s try some simple arithmetic, if Jesus, at age 30, spent 40 days in the desert, and Santiago has gone 84 days in his version of the desert, just how old is the old man 63, according to my calculations Possible I do not recall seeing an actual age noted, so I am gonna go with that I know you guys will let me know if an actual age is revealed somewhere and my squinty geezer eyes missed it Done I can feel a slight breeze beginning to flutter the sail.Some sort of religion seems to flow through this fish tale Not only are we sprinkled with forty day references, but Santiago discusses sin In his struggles he suffers physical damage in which some might see an echo of Calvary But I think that is a stretch, personally So, we have a bit of religion, and a quest What is Santiago questing for Redemption would fit in nicely Having failed for a long time, he feels a need to redeem himself in the eyes of his community Maybe not a religious thing, per se, but swimming in the same waters And speaking of religion, water as a baptismal element is always a possibility, although somewhat diluted here, as Santiago makes his living on the water The old man is strong, skilled and determined Maybe it is his character that is at issue Maybe somehow, taking on this challenge is a way to prove to himself that he is truly a man He goes about his business, and his fishing is his fate, maybe even his life It is in how he handles himself when faced with this challenge that will show us the sort of person he is, a common Hemingway theme, and he does just that.This is a very short novel, , maybe, a novella or large short story But it has the feel of a parable There is definitely something going on here even if it keeps slipping out of my analytical net I was reminded of another well known fish story, Moby Dick really, allow a little literary license here people Yes I know the whale is not a fish Geez Whereas in that one, the fisherman, Ahab, sets himself against the whale, and therefore either fate or god, seeing a personal enemy, Santiago sees the fish as his brother, a fellow creature in the universe acting out his part The challenge is always about oneself and not about the external enemy, or rival In fact, the fish and Santiago are both victimized, together, by the sharks that feast on his catch.Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him How many people will he feed, he thought But are they worthy to eat him No, of course not There is not one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behaviour and his great dignity.One might be forgiven for seeing here a possible reference to catholic communion and the relative merit of so many of those who receive Is the fish a Christian symbol if there ever was one meant to be Jesus or some other form of deity, as Moby was Could it be that Hemingway s notion of religion is less Christian anda sort of materialist as in non spiritual, not as in accumulating stuff philosophy Lacking the proper tackle for that I will leave such considerations to those who have spenttime than I trolling Hemingway s waters The writing is mostly either third person description or the old man s internal, and sometimes spoken, dialogue Regardless of the literary ambitions splashing about here, the story is about a very sympathetic character Santiago is a man not only of physical strength, but moral character He is not portrayed as a saint, but as a simple man, maybe even, in a way, an ideal man in his simplicity He knows his place in the world, faces the challenges that world presents to him and using only his skill, intelligence, strength and determination, overcomes or not It is easy to climb on board as a Santiago supporter He is a fellow who is very much a part of the world, even as he contemplates larger things The Old Man and the Sea is a small story, but it is a whale of a tale If you have not fished these waters before, don t let this be one of those that got away WB32 UPDATES1 5 13 Jeffrey Keeten sent along this amazing link Gary Wyatt had shared it with him It will definitely make you smile6 20 13 I discovered that one of the images I used had vanished into the ether, so I substituted another9 4 2019 I just came across a really wonderful piece about Hemingway, this book in particular, by Joe Fassler, in The Atlantic The Hemingway Scene That Shows How Humanity Works, in which he interviews novelist T a Obreht about the unexpected lions in this book Great stuff Check it out

  7. says:

    But man is not made for defeat he said A man can be destroyed, but not defeatedThe Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway I first encountered Hemingway in college while taking a humanities class the professor had us read Hemingway s The Nick Adams Stories I fell in love with Hemingway s short stories I wrote an impassioned paper on the character of Nick and received an A for my efforts Throughout the years, I have returned to Hemingway s short stories, and novellas, and I haBut man is not made for defeat he said A man can be destroyed, but not defeatedThe Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway I first encountered Hemingway in college while taking a humanities class the professor had us read Hemingway s The Nick Adams Stories I fell in love with Hemingway s short stories I wrote an impassioned paper on the character of Nick and received an A for my efforts Throughout the years, I have returned to Hemingway s short stories, and novellas, and I have never been disappointed Fast forward 15 years The Old Man and the Sea had been on my book shelves for quite some time I picked it up on a whim on July 21st, in honor of Hemingway s birthday So once again, I returned to the world of Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea is told with extraordinary simplicity It is amazing that Hemingway accomplishes so much using so little Hemingway sacrifices nothing, and shows that brevity is the essence of style here He clearly draws a portrait of the inner and outer strength of this amazing man A man who faces each day with a quiet dignity The Old Man and the Sea is not just a tale of a man and a fish It is a story of man against nature, and valor, in the face of adversity Most importantly, it is a story of man and God To quote William Faulkner His best Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries This time, he discovered God, a Creator Until now, his men and women had made themselves, shaped themselves out of their own clay their victories and defeats were at the hands of each other, just to prove to themselves or one another how tough they could be But this time, he wrote about pity about something somewhere that made them all the old man who had to catch the fish and then lose it, the fish that had to be caught and then lost, the sharks which had to rob the old man of his fish made them all and loved them all and pitied them all It s all right Praise God that whatever made and loves and pities Hemingway and me kept him from touching it any further. Hemingway celebrates the daring and resolve of the old man Hemingway celebrates this man who goes thru life alone, ferocious, heroic, daring, showing what Hemingway views as the human spirt at its very best I can t help but think this is how Papa Hemingway views himself.There is another story being told here as well one of the purest, most beautiful stories of friendship I ve ever read The old man is not alone He has a friendship, with a young boy who began fishing with him when the boy was only five Their story is rooted in love, and mutual respect The boy has been forced to work with another boat, a luckier boat, by his parents He dreams of working with the old man onceWhen the old man goes to war with the fish, he says repeatedly, I wish the boy were here I am surprised that there is such animosity towards this brilliant work Most people are introduced to this work in high school That is really quite a shame since it is not intended for the young With their limited life experience, they cannot relate to the old man Is there a place for Hemingway s view of the world today Politicians speak of individualism, and point to rugged individualism But in this world of Trumps and McConnells, Kardashians and Kanyes, the individual spirit is trampled on daily Are there any people left in this world like the old man I don t know of any To those who criticize this brilliant work, I understand today we live lives far removed from the old man s world But Hemingway forces us to remember the spirit of the individual, the struggle for human dignity in the face of our daily struggles to survive Hemingway forces us to recognize bravery, tenacity, expertise, skill and strength

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    521 The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952 It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pul 521 The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952 It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954 1972 1331 176 1340 175 128 1354 151 1388 1389 158 9789643696108 1391 1363 145 1372 224 1385 1389 222 9789644870729 13921954

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    The wolves will comeI started this in high spirits as my updates show fifth re read, how thrilling it is to plumb new depths in old wells of wisdom But, as I read on towards the last few pages, I couldn t shake the feeling that this is Moby Dick set in an alternate universe.In this alternate universe The Giant Leviathan is a noble, unseen fish steady and without malice.Captain Ahab is transformed into a gentle, wise old zen master Santiago a humble fisherman with no legendary crew t The wolves will comeI started this in high spirits as my updates show fifth re read, how thrilling it is to plumb new depths in old wells of wisdom But, as I read on towards the last few pages, I couldn t shake the feeling that this is Moby Dick set in an alternate universe.In this alternate universe The Giant Leviathan is a noble, unseen fish steady and without malice.Captain Ahab is transformed into a gentle, wise old zen master Santiago a humble fisherman with no legendary crew to command and only his frail body instead of a Pequod to do his bidding.Ishmael is a young boy, who instead of being a end is nigh Nostradamus is a loving, weeping young boy who cares deeply about the world.Queequeg is probably the dolphin which was the old man s only hope against his foe, his brother.Now Moby Dick for me was the grand struggle of an obsessed genius with his destiny in fact, about the creative struggle it proves that life is a tragedy and in the grand conclusion, you go down with a mighty confrontation and your ambitions take you down to the depths of the sea no trace left of either you or your grand dreams except a mist of madness propagated as a half heard story.This was profound and it moved me to tears but it was still grand, was it not The great struggle, the titanic battle and the heroic capitulation It was operatic and it was uplifting even amidst the tragedy, the mighty bellow of man s cry in the face of the unconquerable that gave me goosebumps.But Hemingway and his Old Man has turned the story on its head It takes you beyond the happily ever after of Moby Dick and as always those unchartered waters are beyond description This alternate universe is muchcruel and muchreal There is no grand confrontation that ends in an inspirational tragedy It turns it into a battle of attrition you are inevitably defeated even in success and life will wear you down and leave no trace of your ambitions It makes you battle to the last breaking point of every nerve and sinew and lets you win a hollow victory that you cannot celebrate as life has worn you out too much in your pursuit of your goals and the destiny, the destiny too now seemsandunreal and you ask yourself if you were even worthy enough to start the battle.And as you turn back after that jaded victory, then comes the sharks, inevitably, inexorably And then begins the real battle, not the grand epic, but a doomed, unenthusiastic battle against reality with the knowledge that no grand ambition can ever succeed And the old man tells it for you I never should have gone out that far The alternate universe is depressing and it is Zen at the same time, I do not know how I probably have to read this manytimes before any hope, any secret light in it comes to illuminate me for today, for this reading, Hemingway has depressed me beyond belief and I cannot remember how I always thought of this as an inspirational fable The scene in which the restaurant lady sees the bones of the once great fish sums it up for me In the end you give up hope of success and only wish that at the very least you might be able to bring back a ghost of the fish so that people can see how great your target really was but all they see is the almost vanished skeleton of your idea your grand dreams are just so much garbage now and who will have the imagination to see the grandeur it had at its conception They beat me, Manolin, he said They truly beat me He didn t beat you Not the fish No Truly It was afterwards

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    My children and I were crossing a bridge in Rome Our senses were acutely sharpened We were aware of each minute spent in this capital of human storytelling, of the neverending drama of human culture and nature in interaction and in occasional clashes Looking out over the river, my son and I spot the sorry remains of a boat, just the bare metal frame without any flesh , and we instinctively say at the same time Hemingway s old man We look at each other, smile at our simultaneous associati My children and I were crossing a bridge in Rome Our senses were acutely sharpened We were aware of each minute spent in this capital of human storytelling, of the neverending drama of human culture and nature in interaction and in occasional clashes Looking out over the river, my son and I spot the sorry remains of a boat, just the bare metal frame without any flesh , and we instinctively say at the same time Hemingway s old man We look at each other, smile at our simultaneous association, and start arguing whether or not one can see the fish in the same way as a boat, or whether the destruction of the boat is adefinitive loss While we are arguing, my younger children are enquiring about the story we discuss, and we give them the details Losing something means you really had it That is their conclusion, and while my eldest son and I start pondering whether or not the younger two are ready for the old man and the sea in Hemingway s own words, we continue walking, and life goes on, and a new generation of Hemingway readers find sense and meaning in his parable on the human struggle.We feel like saying I m sorry, boat , in the same way the old man said I m sorry, fish But the fact that it lies there showing its naked metal ribs tells us it truly existed That sthan nothing And it is not a bad place for a boat to rest Just like the old man and the fish are in good hands between the covers of a Hemingway novel.Nothing s lost as long as we can tell stories about it.Brilliant parable of man s struggle with nature and himself Beautifully written One of my favorite Hemingways.PS And a Pulitzer that I don t find disappointing

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