Old Man and the Sea, The

Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea [Paperback] Ernest Hemingway (Author)


Reviewed: 2016-07-30

At first, I wasn’t really certain how to feel. The dialogue was weird and stilted, and no one talks like that. But then Santiago goes out to sea, and suddenly it’s perfect. The whole time Santiago struggles with the marlin, there’s a sort of calm suspense. The way he forces himself to remain calm, the way this calmness is part of the prose itself, it keeps you calm even though you want to know what is going to happen and you are just in suspense to see if Santiago wins.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

No lie, even though it started quickly, the beginning itself wasn’t very compelling. I did like the story, and was made all the better by how short it is, especially since most of it is just Santiago struggling against the fish. As much as I am glad to have read it, this story didn’t impact me nor was it meaningful to me. It was a quick, enjoyable read, but because it wasn’t life changing, and the dialogue was way too weird for me to get over, it gets 3.5 stars. I liked it, but it’s not a favorite.

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