A Reader posted a review at 2007-08-20 02:07:03.
For certain people, this book represents a boring piece of literature they are forced to read through in college. Between questionable parties, petty phone calls, noisy movies and the third break-up of the week, it is understandably a hard book to read.
For other people, the ones that have grown out of drinking booze and â€˜having a blastâ€™, Hemingwayâ€™s novel can be a refreshing and nourishing experience. Through a straightforward storyline and a stripped writing style, one can find something lurking below. Something like a fish, ready for the catch but equally ready to fight for its life. In this book, Hemingway delivers a masterpiece. Itâ€™s not that hard to see, you just have to read the story of this old Cuban fisherman who goes out on his longest and hardest quest yet, a quest for his humanity.
Appeasing and liberating. Most definitely one of the best books I've read. The simplicity of the structure and storyline is deceiving, to say the least. It prevents the hot-heads from perceiving the depth of Hemingwayâ€™s work. How hard is it to strip down the superfluous and preserve the essence? How hard is it to peer into our own soul?
Still very appropriate today, with all the questions raised around our responsibilities towards the deterioration of the planet, this book poses a very disturbing question. Whoâ€™s more deserving? The fish or the human?