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Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator: "The old man was dreaming about the lions." Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was good, but in the beginning the hook was not strong. I wish that they had added more than just sharks for who was eating the marlin. The same thing started to get dull. Read morePublished 8 days ago by campbell sloanes
I have always heard of Mr. Hemingway but was not interested enough to read the books he wrote. I will be reading them more now!!!Published 9 days ago by Wayne Davis
Awesome book, I really enjoyed it! Author does an excellent job, I'm looking froward to read more of his booksPublished 13 days ago by JG
Maybe I missed something, I don't see what the hype is. It's very average prose and the story itself isn't that intriguing. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Aakaanksh