Great, short read. I love Hemingway and once again, so much happens with so little action. I never would have thought that a story about a man fishing out at sea could keep me entertained for 150 pages! I definitely recommend reading it!
Classic story of man vs nature that is laced with deeper meaning. Works as an adventure story and a story to make you think of your place in the world and the parallels in your life. Quick read, but powerful.
It was great. This book should win an award or something.
Did your English teacher(s) ever tell you that fiction can be divided into 3 basic conflicts - person vs. person, person vs. nature, and person vs. his- or herself? And further, that there's only like one or two good examples of person vs. nature, and they were both written by Jack London? Oh, and that some fiction will fit into more than one category, and just about all good literature will fit into 'person versus his- or herself' in addition to the others?
Did it ever occur to you, as it did to me many years later, what a stupid categorization system that is, when basically nothing is one category, and everything is at least in another?
Old Man and the Sea reminded me of that. The struggle, as it is in all Hemingway, is not to win, but to acquit yourself well.
I picked up this classic and I read it in a day, its pretty short. It was enjoyable and really reflective of the period in which Hemingway wrote. It's clear, and simple to understand. It may be lacking action and a brilliant storyline but is a simple novel that is pretty memorable.
This is a quick read that makes you continue to think long after you have set the book down. I especially enjoyed this book since I like fishing, but a person who has never touched a line to the water can still take a lot away from this work.
Beautiful gift copy. I think that Hemingway 's story is part fiction and part truth. He fished and spied in a boat around Cuba and lived there before World WarII. This story is an analogy of man and his constant fight with nature to stay alive. Well written in short concise sentences.But the man in the story was blessed to come away with his life. The analogy here do not take on more than you can handle.
I know this is a classic and I have every reason to love it, but I could not get into it. I gave it a good shot, I promise. It may be a matter of not being in the mood right now, I will give it another shot like I've done for others that everyone but me seems to love. The language was too flowery, the movement was too slow, it was too moody. I still think it's probably a great book, but I didn't love it.
I just could not keep my interest in this story ... I couldn't even finish the thing!! It was sooo boring, to me, and I hate saying that because it's Hemingway .. but it's the truth as far as I am concerned! :)
So I just finished The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. Slacker that I am, I had never read it. I must say the book towed me in from the first few paragraphs and I read it in a few big gulps. Bravo, Ernest! No wonder you won so many awards.
I read this book many many years ago. It was mandatory reading when I was in school. Decided to re-read it. While still very good with strong descriptions of the characters and scenery, I now found it tedious. Hemingway drew out the story long beyond where he could/should have ended it. After a while it simply became repetitive. If you haven't read it, you should. It's a classic.
This is a small novella but it packs a big punch! I love Hemingway's style of writing and his message is a good one. Be persistent in what you pursue and you will eventually achieve that goal. Great story!