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The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway



Posted October 15, 2016 by

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – 1952


Reviewed by: Liliana Rodriguez-Maynez Date: 15 July 2003

I will have to disagree with the previous reviewer. I read the old man and the sea mainly because at that time I felt like some nice and sunny story.

Basically the book revolves about a fisher’s fight to keep a fish that bit. The description of this fight is absolutely moving. It was a matter of principles! I really enjoyed it and I could almost swear it was me who was getting the fishing line burns in my hands as the fight went on.

I highly recommend the book. It is a really short story that tells you a little bit about the life in the sea.


Reviewed by: Pete C. Date:20 June 2003

I consider myself a Hemingway fan, but strangely enough, I did not like this book at all. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad thing about this book, and I know I’ve heard a lot of incredible praise about it. The widespread admiration of this short novel is the main reason I decided to read it–so you can imagine how schocked I was to read it and not like it. I still do not understand why it is regarded so highly. In general, I love the way Hemingway writes–I consider FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS and A FAREWELL TO ARMS excellent books; I really enjoyed reading them. But I was just plain bored as I read THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. In my opinion, the plot is so unexciting and the main character so uninteresting that getting through the book is a painful accomplishment.


Reviewed by: Lale Eskicioglu   Date: 19 October 2016

One of the best stories Hemingway has ever written, period. Most people read this book in school and I support its presence in the curriculum. Sheer brilliance.

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