Book Review: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

My review of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Title: The Old Man and the Sea

By: Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 96

Release Date: January 1st, 1952

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses—specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author's Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.


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Another classic in my pocket. This one was a short read, but I really enjoyed it.

The main character is this crazy old man. Before you get on my case for calling him crazy, he calls himself crazy, so it must be true. I love his outlook on life. Because he's crazy, he doesn't care what people think of him. This is something I've been trying to live by this last year, but OMG, its so hard.

I wondered throughout the whole book if the old man was going to actually catch the fish that was taking him on a wild ride far out into the ocean, and then I wondered if he did catch that fish, was he going to be able to get back to land? All very valid questions, but worth the 96 page read to find out.

Favorite Quote:
“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”

If you're itching for a short read about a man and a fish, this is the book for you. The ending is so fitting. I didn't know if I should cry or laugh from the sheer irony of it all.

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