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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, education, classics
Read in August, 2011

I'm not sure what to say about this. It's one of those old classics I've meant to read forever, but only got to because a book company sent me a free copy to show off their sturdy bindings. I read this in the midst of some intricately plotted modern fantasy. And I really enjoyed it.

It's simple. The lessons are simple. The symbolism could be any of 100 things, so I guess it just depends on what your high school English teacher thought. I loved the old man and the boy who cared for him. The inner dialogue is repetitive, but realistic and endearing. I like his moral dilemmas and respect for God's creation, his brother, the huge marlin. I am a sucker for lovable old people living out their lives as independently as they can. I just felt moved by the book. Better than I expected.
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