Title: The Old man and the sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genere Short Story
Publisher: Arrow Books
“The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.”
This is the first time that i am reviewing a short story and what better book to choose than this which won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is a wonderful example of narrative art . Set in the Gulf stream off the coast of Havana this story is of the old man, a boy, and a giant fish.
The story may seem a mundane fishing experience of a fisherman but it is much more than that. It’s about a fight of a man with himself , against his old age , his search for strength in the most precarious of conditions. All alone in the sea the man talks to himself much like what happens in real life. His talking to himself happens throughout the book amidst all the narrative of the surroundings and the work at hand. The description of the fishes, clouds and sea makes it very vivid and lively.
Ideally a literature prize is not awarded for a book in particular but in fact takes in to account all the books by the author.This book probably was the one missing in is armoury. A book for all ages for its simplistic language and at the same time quite complex for the varied metaphors. A story simply told but equally complex if you delve deep. Santiago, having gone 84 days without a fish again ventures into the sea for the 85th time all alone. Can he find a fish this time ? Is going alone a good idea ? Will he return victorious ?
Do read this story to get the answers. I would recommend this book for a short trip , something light and good to read.