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Review of "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway.

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Review by Katar�na Lich� I've never been to Cuba, but I must say that reading of this book made me feel as if I had been there in the long, hot summer when an old fisherman named Santiago went for his tragic fishing trip. As the story begins, we find out that the poor old man hasn't caught a single fish for eighty-four days and he feels very unlucky, because he makes all his living from the sea. A boy who used to sail with his since his age of five called Manolin - his only friend, got an order from his father to sail with someone else, more successful. ...read more.

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However, the swordfish is gigantic and it is necessary to lash it to the side of his boat. When Santiago is sailing back to his hometown he is attacked by sharks and all the marlin is eaten by them. The story ends with Santiago sleeping face down on the bed in his shack exhausted but not defeated. The author uses his special writing style of short, cogent, straightforward sentences to create dynamic movement but the tone of the book tends to be very relaxed. It goes along with the tone that the sea has and it also reflects the personality of the main character Santiago a lot - he is calm and mild, no matter of the circumstances. ...read more.

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We can see that they are strongly emotionally attached to each other and that Santiago loves the boy as if he was his own son. What is peculiar about this story is that it has many layers. It can be read beneath its surface meaning as a struggle of brave, determined human beings represented by Santiago, fighting against the forces of nature or society represented by the marlin. Many readers also find this novel having a hidden deep religious meaning. Hemingway uses rich Christian imagery and the most obvious one is creating a parallel between Santiago and our Lord Jesus Christ. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and its success made Hemingway a worldwide known writer. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katar�na Lich�, ad11klic@uwcad.it, book review ...read more.

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