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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.
This is as fine as good writing gets. With his typically lean prose, Hemingway tells a poignant story that ranks as one of the classics in literature.Published 1 day ago by B. Norton
I loved the heart of Santiago who.relentlessly battles the sea, the fish, the sharks, his own human weakness He never gives up, takes whatever comes and holds fast to hope. Read morePublished 3 days ago by D. Friesen
A novel that has attained iconic status with some justification.Published 5 days ago by Julie Loggie
I am not a very good fan of fishing. But the author still found a way to make it interesting. The battle between the man and the marlin was epic and entertaining. Read morePublished 15 days ago by F.T A