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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Jan 01, 10

Read in July, 2009

The old man's determination in the face of such a Sisyphean task is truly admirable. The loyalty and devotion of his young apprentice is also memorable and explored by the author. Hemingway's terse language does not seem as out of place in this story as some of his others. I understand the imporant place he holds in American letters, I just happen to like some of his contemporaries much better (Steinbeck and especially Faulkner). Some of the descriptions of the sea and sky are beautifully written and very moving. The old man fights the good fight to the very end, until he knows his prize will likely never see the market. My favorite line from the book is toward the end when the old man says "a man can be defeated but not destroyed". I guess that really sums up the novel. If you have a few free hours at the beach, this novella would make a good companion.
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