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Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator: "The old man was dreaming about the lions." Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This is a novel which enveloped my senses and in those moments of reading it, altered my own perception of time. A healthy bit of relaxation.Published 1 month ago by "Bomber"
The first time in a while I couldn't put a book down. The first book by Hemingway is read as well. Not the last.Published 3 months ago by K. Blattmann
Wonderful read, slow going but the end of the book was wonderful and I really did enjoy it a lotPublished 13 months ago by DeviantHellborn