Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Book 2 of 100: Check

On September: "The month when the great fish come. Anyone can be a fisherman in May"

Oh Santiago!! Where do I begin with this book. This book of 127 pages, of easily written genius. Where do I begin.

It is fantastic! I mean... come on its written by the great Ernest Hemingway, should I have expected anything less? The old mans drive and perseverance was inspiring.

Day 85 was indeed lucky old man.

The book creates a lifetime of struggles wrapped up in 4 days. Starvation, pain, exhaustion. His willingness to continue in a fight to the end when all seems lost. Along with his harpoon, knife and in the end his fish. Returning after 4 days with nothing but a story, and the bones of a once 1500 pound marlin that wouldn't fit in his boat. A marlin that pulled him out to sea for days until he finally prevailed and caught his fish. The journey home was difficult, but once there, you experience what life is all about. A roof over your head, and having someone to love you. That was all that mattered.

I enjoyed this book. It showed me that sometimes, regardless of the outcome, the fight is worth it.


Love SMS said...

This is a story of an old man who hasn’t been able to catch a fish for last 84 days. People start calling him “Salao”, worst form of unluck and make fun of him. A young boy believes in him and goes to fishing with man as he believes there’s a lot to learn from old man. Although he has to go for fishing with some other guys at end because of his parent’s will but he’s unhappy about decision and wants to be with old man. On 85th day old man goes alone and he catches a fish (which turns out to be a giant fish). Story turns around then when man has to spend 3 days in water and fish is not giving up to be caught. Old man eats small fish this time and he gets bruises in his hands. He thinks he’s going crazy and asks to be clear in head. He has slept very less. He talks to fish and consider him brother. How old man saves himself and fish from sharks.
To me this is a story where author has tried to explain how we constantly keep on fighting and explaining our inner friend/enemy. Where we explain why we did this, especially wrong and how much it matters to our lives. This is not just about my happiness or your hurt but many others whom we are treating.

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