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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
Great short story, you don't want to put it down. The intrinsic detail makes it a worth while for anyone.Published 3 days ago by Jose G Martinez
Nice printed edition of this beautifully written novella by Hemingway, which is one of my favorites. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Boby González
E H wrote a short story to capture that question in every man, "Am I really the man I think I am? Read morePublished 6 days ago by David Potts
It was slightly boring but well written , and very descriptive. It could have used a little more edge. So...yeahPublished 8 days ago by sean fenton
Everybody has his own triumph but everybody can not get it. Even though that is not the reason we don't need to strive to get it.Published 16 days ago by Jo Hyun Woo