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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Mar 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, adventure, grades-7-and-up, grade-10, grade-7, grade-8, grade-9, grades-11-12
Read in March, 2012

Such clear, simple, beautiful writing. Maybe two hours of reading, cover to cover. And even though the religious undercurrent is muted in comparison, this book reminds me of Moby Dick. Or maybe a foil of Moby Dick, for those who have attained humility, as the old man, Santiago, recognizes of himself.

The forces of Hemingway’s sea aren’t demons, or angels, even though Santiago may at times describe them as such. They are instead the forces that give meaning to the old man’s life. Santiago is at peace with this. But that doesn’t mean he surrenders himself to nature. He has a remarkable will to fight, and to hope, and do what he sees as necessary to survive; with grace, and humility, and all the power that God and Nature have given him.
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