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Book Review: THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway

Hello everyone. Happy Thursday. I’m so excited! This is my first blog post. Alhamdulillah. Today, on my first blog post, I will discuss on Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea.

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I read the book many years ago, but in January I re-read it as part of my 50 books challenges for this year. To be honest, I understood the book a lot better, even though some words were really complex that I had to check the dictionary. The words became a lot and I decided to leave the dictionary. Lol. The book in itself is not big. It has about 72 pages.

Book Title: The Old Man And The Seaย 

Author: Ernest Hemingwayย 

Genre: Fiction

Rating: ****

Synopsis: This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses โ€” specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author’s Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.

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The book, is about an Old Man in Cuba who is a fisherman. He lives in a little area by the docks which are full of fishermen that fish day in day out. Everyone there knows each other, as it’s a small town. There is one problem however. The Old Man doesn’t catch a fish — hasn’t actually caught a BIG fish in a very long time. The people thought he had bad luck.

There are various underlying themes here.

  • Man’s struggle in life. I love the struggle that man has to go through find his dream. Nothing comes easy in life — most of the time. The old man fought with more than his life to catch the fish he wanted.
  • Never give up. He never gave up. Many a times, the thought flashed through his mind. But he resisted. Imagine, an old man who could have given up everything refused. This makes me wonder, how the youngsters of today get bored too easily and give up.
  • True friendship. There was this boy, called The Boy. He loved the Old Man very much, that even The Boy’s father stopped him from seeing the Old Man. I love friendships like this. It shows how kind people can really be.

My take on the book: I love the book! It is simply amazing. Some few scenes made me cry, and really touched me. This is truly a classic. I would recommend this book any time.

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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. His economical and understated styleโ€”which he termed the iceberg theoryโ€”had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations.

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