mary.raglin, October 8, 2008 (view all comments by mary.raglin)
Love Hemmingway! This read shows the struggle and the victory no matter how small. It makes one humble to know what this soul went though and how it changed how others thought.
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waitingtoleave, February 9, 2007 (view all comments by waitingtoleave)
The people who live by and work on the sea are a very specific and unique group, and in "The Old Man and the Sea," Hemingway captures them perfectly. His writing style of terse sentences perfectly encapsulates with mentality of a working man familiar with the instant tragedy and magnificent beauty possible on the sea. This mentality is beginning to be lost, as less and less people work with their hands; read this book to remember how it once was.
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cclaeys, July 10, 2006 (view all comments by cclaeys)
I think this is a very good book. I like to read horror stories. espessially late at night, because i like to get goosebumps. But even though this not a horror novel it
still is a very good book. I want to get this book and many other books by him for christmas. He truly is a good author. It looks like Stephen King isent going to be the king on my bookselves enymore.
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qiaowh1010, June 5, 2006 (view all comments by qiaowh1010)
Hemingway drawed a vivid picture of a man's life,not only Santiago's ,but everyone else's.There seems a hole in human's heart that nothing can fulfill.We try to acheive a goal after another,but never get satisfied.
People always say that we have nothing when we come into this world and we 'll have nothing when we leave this world.Here comes a objection ,that is,the experience in this life is our achivement.This seems right,however,if there is no eternal life,the most meaningful experence in this life would be meaningless.What does Santiago have when he die?The fighting experiences with fishs?? Think about it.
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Despite a long and varied literate life, I somehow made it to 2010 without having ever read Hemingway, even compulsory high-school Hemingway. Intimidated by his bravado and bullfighting, I steered clear of ol' Papa. It only hit me a few months ago, after reading The Old Man and the Sea for the first time, to resounding effect, that I'd been seriously missing out. The Old Man and the Sea now numbers among one of my all-time favorites. Simply told, and with graceful humility, this novella is as immense and riveting a force as the great marlin Santiago must face. Looking out at the ocean on a clear day, you can look at the sea and just see blue water and waves, rolling up or rolling down — a lovely story in itself — or you can see, blinking from the horizon, the largeness of the world reflected back at you in a boat the size of a dime. I am exceedingly grateful to the fates that Hemingway had "luck" enough to see both.
"The luck was that I had a good man and a good boy and lately writers have forgotten there still are such things. Then the ocean is worth writing about just as man is. So I was lucky there." —Ernest Hemingway, in a Paris Review interview
Hemingway's triumphant yet tragic story of an old Cuban fisherman and his relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream combines the simplicity of a fable, the significance of a parable, and the drama of an epic.
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