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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Jan 31, 2009

did not like it
Read in February, 2009

I thought there must be something wrong with me for not liking this when I read it, considering it won the Nobel prize for literature and all that. I was incredibly relieved to read other reviews and discover I wasn't the only one that thought the symbolism was piled on with a trowel, the plot was dull and the language was tiresome and overly simplistic.

I can only conclude that readers in the 50s preferred being hit over the head with allegories rather than having them delivered with a light touch.
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message 1: by Roy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Roy "the symbolism was piled on with a trowel, the plot was dull and the language was tiresome and overly simplistic."

In other words, it reads very much like the lives that many people live. Ernest, love him or hate him or lying somewhere in the middle, undoubtedly knew a thing or two about quiet desperation.



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