The Old Man and the Sea is a magnificent story. At one level it is the tale of a man and a fish, at another, a story of man versus nature, at yet another, the story of the culture of manhood, courage, bravery in the face of existence, and at yet another a history of what life was like when individuals were more the central actors on the human stage and not groups or organizations. At the most basic level the very elderly fisherman, Santiago, goes out in his small fishing boat after 84 days without hooking a decent fish. He goes far out, and hooks a gigantic 18 foot long sword fish.
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.
Last year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit!! It was the latter part of October near the end of harvest time and the weather was perfect We were staying at our favorite Napa sanctuary, the Villagio Inn and Spa.
Hey, when you are going out drinking all day, it is important to load up on foodstuffs to avoid alcohol-related trouble. 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 Anyway, we got back to the room and had a few hours to relax before a late dinner reservation.
I choose this story because it was only pages long or just under 3 hours via audio and it seemed to fit my time allotment perfectly.
Well, this story slammed me and had me sucked in and captive from the very first words: As many have said and almost as many have complainedthis 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.
Yes, a simple story and Hemingway uses sparse, straight-forward prose 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 life. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. 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 tale.Dec 18, · Besides being fine (if sometimes jarringly macho) writing by a Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Old Man and the Sea offers gorgeous descriptions of marine and animal life in the exotic regions where Hemingway spent time and where he has Santiago visit in his youthful travels.
It also offers a window on village life in pre 4/4. "The Old Man and the Sea" was a big success for Ernest Hemingway when it was published in At first glance, the story appears to be a simple tale of an old Cuban fisherman who catches an enormous fish, only to lose it.
The Old Man and the Seais one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle /5(3).
“The Old Man and the Sea” is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway () and published in It was the last novel Hemingway wrote during his lifetime; his subsequent novels were published posthumously. "The Old Man and the Sea" was a big success for Ernest Hemingway when it was published in At first glance, the story appears to be a simple tale of an old Cuban fisherman who catches an enormous fish, only to lose it.
But in the Old Man and the Sea, isolation isn’t as beneficial.
If he weren’t alone the fisherman could have railed in the Marlin a hell of a lot sooner, or he would have seen the sense in giving up the pursuit.