Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review - The Old Man And The Sea

This year one of my goals is to read the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction and review them here on my blog. A couple of weeks ago, I read Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea, the 1953 winner. (I'm not sure how I made it through high school without reading this classic!)


Despite the sad turn of events in this story of Santiago, an old fisherman who catches the largest fish of his time (after an 85-day dry spell) just to have it eaten by sharks before he could sail back to land with it, this is a fantastic story of courage, triumph, perseverance, acceptance, and determination. The book is extremely well-written (it is Hemingway after all!), and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Have any of you read this book? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


  1. Years ago, I read a LOT of Hemingway, but I never read The Old Man and the Sea. Periodically, I think I should go back and reread some of my favorites, but my list of current fiction to read is so long, I never get there.

  2. I did read this book in high school. Whenever I suggest to my book club (or family book club) that we go back and read some classics, I get sort of shot down. That would be mainly because I chose Wuthering Heights a few years ago---one of my favorite books of all time---they just about lynched me. There is just so much good literature out there, I'll never have enough time to read it all!

  3. I read it in high school and it was one of my favorites.

  4. I reread it a few years ago when my son read it for high school english. I liked the locale and the relationship between the old man and the small boy best.
    My book group read The Paris Wife, which was about Ernest Hemingway's wife. I really, really enjoyed that book (more than Old Man and the Sea - LOL!)

  5. I have read a bit of Hemingway, but not this one. I have a good friend who thinks this may be the best book ever written in modern times. I think he was influenced by having it read to him at an early age. I read The Paris Wife also, and enjoyed it. I think maybe Hemingway is too much of a man's man for me to enjoy his subject matter.


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