Review: The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the SeaBook Review
3+ out of 5 stars to The Old Man and the Sea, a classic book that most Americans read in middle or high school, written in 1952 by Ernest Hemingway. When you hear the author’s name, it’s a famous one, and most likely, everyone’s familiar with the title, too. But not everyone enjoys reading this book, as it’s hard to connect with as a teenager — at least on the outskirts. But when you look deeper, it’s probably a very similar plight when you compare that of the old man and a kid trying to make it through school. The book has many key themes. Courage. Strength. Nobility. Humility. Power. It’s a struggle to be successful with your goal, with the destiny you believe is yours and with the way you handle your every move throughout the path. Like kids trying to fit in during their awkward years, the old man is trying to end his life with a big win — something he feels must happen for a variety of reasons. The book has a good story. It’s not easy to get into. The language is a little stilted, but it’s pretty. Hemingway had a way with words, and sometimes, it was perfection. Others, it flies over your head. It’s the kinda of book you need to read in utter silence while out in nature without any interruption. Then read it again. And you’ll get a lot from it. You’ll decide what kind of (wo)man you want to be. But if you just do a cursory read, it’ll come across as a bit boring…. you’ll ask, why didn’t he just give up? And when it ends, you’ll say “well that sucks.” But when you step away, you’ll see we are all that old man in our own battles each day. And at that point, you’re ready for another read, as well as to take on more of Hemingway’s novels.

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6 thoughts on “Review: The Old Man and the Sea

    ashleighjaynexx said:
    June 12, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    You are a great writer, I’ve read a most of your reviews and posts.

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    kathyscottage said:
    June 12, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    I’ve never read, The Old Man and the Sea. Seriously. 🙂 When I have visited the bookstore, it’s caught my eye several times. Thanks for the review. I need to see if our library has it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 12, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      Good Luck. Definitely one to get at the library or at a yard sale where it’s fifty cents! A bargain that you end up loving. It’s still a hard one to digest at times, but I think worth it.

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    foodinbooks said:
    June 12, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Cool review. Not at all a Hemingway fan, except for A Moveable Feast. But I’ve been thinking of giving this one a whirl.

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