I love Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." It's a great introduction to his writing, and not just because it's a short book!
The story is quite simple. For the most part it follows an old Cuban fisherman on one fishing trip, which turns out to be both victorious and tragic. There is none of the bullfighting and horrors of war that are common themes in Hemingway's longer novels. While I enjoy reading those, there is something about the simplicity of "The Old Man and the Sea" that leads the reader into reflection of the complexities of life. Sounds contradictory? Well, Hemingway's not your average simple author, even though he is well-known for the apparent simplicity of his prose. There is always much more being said than appears on the surface of the words on the page, just like an iceberg.
Are you a Hemingway fan?
Thanks Mira. I've read the book several times. I really should watch the movies too!
Thanks WriterArtist! I agree Heminway deserved his Pulitzer prize. However, I'm not sure he'd appreciate being called an "English" author, since he's American! (I know what you meant, he did write in English)
I've started this book recently and liked what I read but then moved to other books. I may have read it in the past, though, because I did go through a Hemingway phase.
I'll go back to it :) I'd like to see the films, too!!
I have always admired English authors for their contribution to the literature and Ernest Hemingway is one of them. His style and strength is the simplicity of words he chooses to depict the story. We all get bonded to the selection of his words. The old man and the sea is the classic story and he had become famous with it. He truly deserves the Pulitzer prize.