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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.
An amazingly simple story yet so complex. Uncomplicated but so profound. A masterpiece.Published 3 days ago by Mr LW Chapman
I like the book. It is notoriously well-known. But for me it was unknown. It is not common book. Just one creature, a very old man, who has just one friend, one boy, is in very... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jaroslav Charouz