1. Author:  Ernest Hemingway
  2. Published:  first published September 1952
  3. Pages: 132
  4. Genre: Classic, Fiction
  5. Language: English
  6. Good Reads Rating: 3.76/5

The Old Man and The Sea: Book Review

This classic by Ernest Hemingway is story of an old man, Santiago who is a seasoned fisherman, and a large marlin. He had gone 86 days without catching any fish and have been considered extremely unlucky. He sets out into the deep sea with his skiff convinced that he will catch a fish that day and change his luck. Out in the ocean, he manages to hook a large marlin and it took 3 days for this strong fish to be captured and tied to the boat. The fish was too large for the boat and was lashed on the side but on his way back to the shore, the marlin was attacked by the sharks. As the old man struggled to save marlin from sharks he managed to kill a few but eventually got ashore with just a skeleton.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It was difficult getting into the book initially but 20-25 page in, I started to develop interest in the story. After that I couldn’t keep the book down. The struggle of the old man is very relatable as a character and his perseverance and will power is commendable. I was in awe to see how he would still keep on pushing forward even when he knew is going to fail in the end. The optimism of the protagonist is contagious and will leave you deep in thoughts after finishing the book. This book is truly a well loved piece of literature for generations and I would highly recommend The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway to everyone.

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Blurb of The Old Man and The Sea

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.