by Ernest Hemingway.
A book which can be read in one evening. And leaving you wondering, where a man can take so much stamina. It perfectly shows the path of the live simply, shortly and meaningfully.
The novel contains a few characters : the main one is the old fischerman sailing every day at the sea.Santiago – the old man and Manolin – a young boy.
Santiago has got deep wrinkles, tanned skin and loves listening to the radio.
He sailes everyday in his small boat living a very modest life. After 84 unsuccessful days without catching anything, he decides to persevere and try his luck once again.
Manolin helps Santiago until his parents want him to stay at home.
A young boy often helps Santiago – he carries the netts and pull them out of the water. But when Santiago can not catch anything for a long time, he rather stays at home after his parents told him to do so. After all he still believes in the old man and he is with him also when he decides to sail further at the sea on the 85th day.
Santiago finally catches an enormous fish, which is pulling his boat away. That´s why he uses his harpune against it. His troubles with getting home are getting worse when the blood attracts sharks. After long and demindig fight he sees the village – but only thing he´s got is the skeleton of a giant whale.
The author admires man´s strength, efford, stamina, love for nature and his will to stay on the path and not to give up.
The reason I often reach out for this book to read over and over again are its metaphors and hidden things, that are so typical for Hemingway. He could write into 300 hundred pages the live of villagers but he didn´t do it. He said, he leaves the space for the reader to make him imagine the majority of the things.
These ones I love the most:
The old man: man´s stamina;
The sea: the life itself, nature – the authors compares its beauty with the woman;
The whale: the target;
The sharks: gossip, bad people and life´s troubles.
The intersting fact:
Hemingway didn´t use any expressive word in the whole book.
A man can be destroyed
but not defeated.
I give this book:
out of 5.