This was my second Hemingway and one I’ve been meaning to read for ages. So when I found a copy in a charity shop I bought it immediately. I read it over two days during my trip to London in April 2018. On the airport, the plane or the numerous subway journeys, Hemingway immediately transported me into this world.
Quick summary: The story, shortly put, is about the struggle between Santiago, an aged Cuban fisherman, and a large marlin that he caught. This fish could turn his bad luck, he has not been able to catch anything for 84 days, and he battled both the fish and the sea to bring this massive marlin 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 of the setting, the careful characterisation, and the relationship between the man, the fish and the sea.
I will read this one again in the future.
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