BOOK REVIEW, Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.

I just finished reading the book I left incomplete a few months ago. The book by none other than the legend himself, “Earnest Hemmingway”. The author doesn’t need an introduction and this work by him is already acclaimed by many.
As difficult as it sounds, if I have to use one word to describe this novella, I shall use “beautiful”
This is one of those stories I’d happily read in childhood as it vividly describes the bright colors of fish, the roaring waves of the sea, a young boy, and yes THE OLD MAN. Characters and object often associated with children’s literature.
But may be I’d have just read the book for the story and nothing else at that time and now when I read it, I can actually feel and fathom that the writer has conveyed myriads of thoughts entrapped in those hundred pages of magic.
The old man suffering from constant failures and still not ready to give up. The young little boy, who’s love and fidelity towards the old man never faded. How he takes care of him, when he slept on newspapers and didn’t have a crumb to eat.
It is a story of hope; a story of not giving up; a story that mystically conveys the fight of a feeble old man against the leviathan sea.
It was a struggle so surreal and how the man marooned in the ocean between sharks and brackish water tries to put all his efforts despite all the forces going constantly against him. How in those times of distress he tries to be sanguine and encouraging himself to keep going. It makes me believe that all the motivation one needs, especially in dire situations, lies within us. We are our own anchors. The defeat is just nugatory, perhaps what matters is the journey, the fight, the spirit and not the result.
I would like to quote a few lines from the book itself,
β€œNow is no time
to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do
with that there is”

Some books please your senses and some touch your soul. This is definitely the latter… πŸ™‚


25 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW, Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.

      1. Thank you . Yes we feel the same . I’m an avid reader and have read many books to many to count. Actually I write myself and I my mission in life is to rescue books that are thrown away. I have hundreds of classics from William Shakespeare to Tom Sawyer to you name it I probably have it.

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      2. wow.. it must be heaven around you.. πŸ™‚ I haven’t read a lot of books, but I really look forward to reading a lot lot more till my eyes can see and lungs can absorb oxygen.. πŸ™‚

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      3. Yes it’s heaven around me with no where to move . Hehe… Maybe you could have some . That’s awesome what you said. Wished there more people out there that loved to read books and had your attitude about them . You inspired me and made my day . Or night I mean. I write poetry , songs and short stories. Currently been working on my novel for let’s say way to long for only 2 chapters. About given up on it but it has to be told . It’s a story about me that has to be told to the world

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      4. wow… you’re really inspiring and I am already talking to an author or rather a novelist in making… πŸ™‚ great to have you around.. πŸ™‚ thank you for stopping by.. πŸ™‚

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      5. Thank you for such kind words. I’m just a novelist in the making if I ever stop falling down . I let alot of things get the best of me. By the way , I like your cats. Hope your day was filled with laughter and happiness . It’s a pleasure knowing you.


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      6. falling down is the first step to be successful.. πŸ™‚ I recently got my first article rejected.. but it just gave me the push to improve and work harder.. πŸ™‚ I’m sure to see your work soon on the shelf .. πŸ™‚ when we fall down we get up by even more strength and vigor, it only makes us stronger.. and I might still be in hemingway mode, but man it’s truth πŸ™‚ wish you all the luck for all your endeavors πŸ™‚

        and the cats say thank you robert.. πŸ™‚

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      7. Yes your so right . Sorry to hear your first was rejected. Stephen King was too. I haven’t even finished any to bring except one article called THAT NIGHT a christian article. I meant my life . It’s falling apart or fell apart. Sorry . .. Tell them they are welcome Kratz

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  1. You know Krati, quite interestingly, I am in the same situation as you were. I read about 15-20 pages months ago and haven’t opened it since. I hope this review of yours gives me the necessary push to start the book again. By the way, do you know about the 6 word story by Hemingway : “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”? I mean, that was the caliber of the man. I hope I start the book soon. πŸ™‚

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    1. ohh yes.. I mean hemingway is one legend… He writes tragedies, but I am kinda the same… tragic endings make a more lasting impact than happy ones.. I hope you read it again.. It’s worth it, especially the latter half… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The end is as always sad, but I still lack words when it comes to expressing how beautifully he’s written it.. πŸ™‚

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  2. I had never read the book instead i guess a year ago i had watch this movie and it was a really motivational work of fiction by Ernest Hemingway.
    There is a line which really motivated me
    β€œBut man is not made for defeat, A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

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