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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Nov 05, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: overrated-books

Hemmingway is one of the very few writers regarded as a "classic" whom I consider both personally obnoxious and as a writer vastly hugely overrated. I remember reading this as a boy on the recommendation of my father and disliking the book intensely, above all feeling sorry for the fish which the old man had caught and hoping that the sharks would gobble up the tediuous old man too. Hemingway confessed somewhere that he "enjoyed killing", which entirely fits the picture I have of him. He hunted hapless wild game in Africa but the real sport came for this evil man in the Second World War when he had fun killing people. (He said he enjoyed it.)I subsequently read "For whom the Bell Tolls" which bored me so much I cannot remember anything about it.
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