2016 CLASSIC CHALLENGE REVIEW: THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA.

27.2.16


So I finally read my first Ernest Hemingway and this was read for my 2016 Classic Challenge. I gave this book 3 stars.

The Old Man And The Sea is a classic which is set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana. It's a fable of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. This is only a short book consisting of around roughly 100 pages. 

When I Discovered This Classic
I don't know when I did discover this but Ernest Hemingway is someone who I felt I had to read at least one of his pieces of work. 

Why I Chose To Read It
I think this is his more famous pieces of work and plus I really like the cover. It's the one I always hear that people have read and so I just decided to pick it up.

What Makes It A Classic
That at first it sounds like it will be a simple story about an old man who goes out to sea and catches a large fish. However this book is a lot more. A lot of people say that it has an underlining concept of life and death struggle which I think really shots the whole struggle to hold onto the fishing line as if his life depends on it. 

What I Thought Of This Classic
I didn't hate it however I didn't love it. I think it's an incredibly simple story but some places just didn't sit with me and I found myself not wanting to read it. I'm really glad I did and even though I don't plan on picking up any more of his work. I can really appreciate the writing style and what the book could be trying to say.

Will It Stay A Classic
Yes, very much so. It shaped a lot of writers and pieces of work and I think will be enjoyed by many for years to come. 

Who I Recommend It To
I wouldn't really know to be honest. I guess anyone who's thinking of picking this up and also anyone who is new to him as it's a nice short one.


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