A Reader posted a review at 2008-10-23 06:53:49.
As a kid I was never a strong reader. That changed in seventh grade with this book. Hemingway's uniquely direct treatment of his characters gives his readers the kind of freedom they need to interpret the text in a meaningful way. His carefully crafted language is beautiful, succinct, and accessible for anyone unfamiliar with his work.
The Old Man and the Sea spoke to me at 12 years-old in the same way it speaks to me today. It is the classic story about moral victory, but it goes deeper than that. It is as much about the journey of man, man's struggle and connection with nature, aging, and the struggle within himself.
The greatest book in the world, in my view. It inspired me to become a teacher of English, but, most importantly, gave me a newfound appreciation for reading. Ernest, I am forever indebted to your brilliance!