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. 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 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 lose and 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 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 The Last Novel Ernest Hemingway Saw Published, The Old Man And The Sea Has Proved Itself To Be One Of The Enduring Works Of American Fiction It Is The Story Of An Old Cuban Fisherman And His Supreme Ordeal A Relentless, Agonizing Battle With A Giant Marlin Far Out In The Gulf Stream Using The Simple, Powerful Language Of A Fable, Hemingway Takes The Timeless Themes Of Courage In The Face Of Defeat And Personal Triumph Won From Loss And Transforms Them Into A Magnificent Twentieth Century Classic 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 plenty images 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 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 1392 1954 . 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 a definitive 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 s than 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. 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 much cruel and much real 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 seems and unreal 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 many times 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.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid 1920s and the mid 1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 He published seven novels, six short story collec
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