The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway ‘Review’

Yesterday I lent a few books from the library, including Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. As well as lending the book yesterday I also finished it yesterday, so I thought I might write a review, as a way for me to get back in to writing regularly here.

Ernest Hemingway is one of the most brilliant writers of all time, according to many. He wrote captivating stories that until this day pleases people. Hemingway had a way of creating another world with his writing, a world you enter whilst reading his books. To be quite honest.

The book is about an old man, Santiago, a Cuban fisherman, and the greatest catch of his career. His only true friend is a young boy, Manolin, who takes care of him and looks up to him because he is eager to learn from such a wise fisherman. The old man had gone eighty-four days without a catch. For the first forty days had boy been with him, but the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was unlucky, so the boy had been ordered to switch boats, so the Santiago’s bad luck would not rub off on the boy.

The old man the next day decides to get out on the sea to turn is luck around. He tells the boy that eighty-five is a lucky number, and the eighty-fifth day will be the day when his luck will return. So on the eighty-fifth day’s early morning the old man gets himself ready for time out on the sea. What he didn’t know was that he would be away for quite some time and bump in to a few disputes during his time out on the sea.

Hemingway tells the reader about the characters as well as mixing it with the characters’ own thoughts. It is fascinating reading about the thoughts of any character, especially the old man’s in this story, because you somehow get to know the character better, and get an insight of what really goes on in their heads and how they interpret different events.

You are never too old for adventures and if you put your mind to something you can prosper. Even though the old man might not have gotten what he was out for, he received an adventure he never could’ve expected for himself. His time out on the sea took a tool on him, but he was very patient, which was a brilliant quality of the old man.

Life does not solely contain of ups but also of many downs, I think that just by positive thinking you can turn your life around greatly. Just by thinking positive can change how a person view the entire world. Being positive doesn’t cost anything and can impact others as well as yourself.

To be quite honest, I haven’t read many of Hemingway’s books, but if you really want to get a taste of his writing, I would recommend ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, based on how much you get from such a short book.

Hope you read it, and enjoy!


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