A Reader posted a review at 2007-10-04 02:35:33.
A classic, of course.
I love the way Hemingway sucks the reader into the story. In this way, the story reads as if it is a roll of film for a movie in the reader's mind more than anything. You feel the crashing of the waves, the play of light on water. The old man dreams of lions on the beach, and I want nothing more than to be right there with him, content with the sounds of grumbling and waves.
However, I do NOT like Hemingway's sentence structure. It drives me nuts. His word choice is also rather plain at times, and very far from poetic. I complain when a writer has all fluff and no action, but I think I also dislike it when it's the other way around. There needs to be balance, and the beauty of a sentence should not be underestimated. Combine Hemingway's action and atmosphere with Poe's psychoanalysis, Bradbury's point and purpose, and Thoreau's words and sentences, and there's the writer of the books I will never be able to put down. But I'm not exactly an expert in this area, nor am I much of a writer myself. I just love to read and I'm trying to understand. =P