Genre: Literary Fiction
This was my second Hemingway and it’s been on my reading list for ages. I was delighted when I found a pristine copy in a charity shop and I read it during my trip to London in April 2018. On the airport, the plane and the numerous subway journeys, Hemingway drew me in and transported me into this world. No amount of grumpy people, crying children or noisy tourists could distract me from this beautiful tale, and that’s saying something.
The short version: The story is about the struggle between Santiago, an aged Cuban fisherman, and the large marlin he caught. He believes this fish could turn his bad luck around (it’s been 84 days since his last catch) and he battles both the fish and the sea to bring his catch back home.
I don’t think anything I say here can do this short novel justice. I was completely in awe of the gorgeous and haunting descriptions, the careful characterisation, and the complex relationships between the man, the fish and the sea.
I will read this one again in the future.