“The old man and the sea” will sweep you right into the thrills of catching the big one.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT:
Ernest Hemingway wrote “The old man and the sea” in 1951. It is about an old Cuban fisherman with the name of Santiago. He has already gone 84 days without catching any fish. The villagers call him “salao”- the worst form of unluckiness that exists. His young friend and apprentice, Manolin, are not allowed to fish with him anymore. His parents worry that he will not learn anything and become unlucky himself. This leaves Santiago to be all alone when he eventually tries to catch a huge marlin.
Santiago is a good person. He never wishes ill upon others. And even though he has hit a hard patch, he still stays upbeat and positive.
Even though he is not allowed to fish with the old man, he still takes care of him. He helps him to carry his fishing gear. He also brings him food.
This fish is a character on its own. You can’t help but marvel at the fish’s strength and uncanny intelligence. I totally rooted for the fish to get away. Did he? You will have to read the book to find out.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions and scenery in the book. The book itself is not long, but the story packs a powerful punch. The old man and the sea won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Ernest Hemingway also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. So if you were wondering whether you should read this book, the answer is a YES, definitely.
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