A Reader posted a review at 2008-05-14 08:35:15.
When I read this at highschool, I felt it like chowing a piece of tasteless food. The ending drove me crazy : "so much patience to read untill the end, and that' it?" I really expected that he had written Man and the Sea II, a continuation of the ending of Man and the Sea.Years have passed since then and, to my curiousity, I remember the old man's buttle on the sea, his enduring nature and the ending, associating them with LIFE.How many nights we spend haveing to eat raw fish that is not sashimi and stay awake? How those sleepless nights can end up when we get older? In real life, you may be able to return to your shore with The Fish of your dreams, enjoy admiration of your little boy, leaving your name as an extraordinary fisherman after your death. However, you can also lose everything in last minute and that happend to him. And was he unhappy, depressed, devastated because he lost the fish? He was only so exausted. There is no desparation. The life was not exatly the way he wanted to be, but he was satisfied. Satisfied because he had his chance, near his end and after years of nothing, and he took it.