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Ublished The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman down on his luck and his supreme ordeal a relentless agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream Using the simple powerful language of a fable Hemingway takes t My very first time reading Papa and I absolutely LOVED IT Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself and I think that is certainly the case here While I believe I would have loved this story regardless there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for meLet me explainLast year I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit 40th birthday It was the latter part of October near the end of harvest time and the weather was perfectDUH it’s Napa We were staying at our favorite Napa sanctuary the Villagio Inn and Spa Though pricey Vellagio is just about perfect it's centrally located with wonderful rooms and one of the BEST breakfast spreads in the worldHey when you are going out drinking all day it is important to load up on foodstuffs to avoid alcohol related trouble have a nice big breakfast before you go out and drink all dayit is called being practical Speaking of drinking all day we had just come back from an awesome tour of the Castle di Amarossa Winery which is I shit you not a real castle in the middle of Napa California complete with MEGA DINING HALL and a TORTURE CHAMBERyep a rack an Iron Maiden and some device that made me constipated just looking at it Anyway we got back to the room and had a few hours to relax before a late dinner reservation Well I don’t sleep all that much and so while my wife took a nap light weight that she is I decided I would find something fairly short to read I choose this story because it was only 100 pages long or just under 3 hours via audio and it seemed to fit my time allotment perfectly So feeling a little buzzed and in a superb yet contemplative mood I had just turned 40 for crying out loud I poured myself another glass of wine shut up and don't judge me went and sat on the balcony outside our room and with the sun starting to go down began listening to the audio version of this story Well this story slammed me and had me sucked in and captive from the very first words “He was the old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty four days now without taking a fish” By the way now would be a good time to mention that the audio version I listened to was read by Donald Sutherland and the marriage of the story with Sutherland’s perfect narration was nothing short of magical In my opinion it is THE ONLY VERSION of the audio book that should be sold As many have said and almost as many have complained this is in many ways a simple story about an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago who has had a significant run of bad luck fishing ie 84 days Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated Attempting to change his luck he decides to take his skiff further out than he has ever gone before beyond all the people of the world Eventually he lands the largest Marlin he's ever seen and the bulk of the narrative details his epic struggle to reel in the fish and get it back to shore Yes a simple story and Hemingway uses sparse straight forward proseand devastates with them The most powerful emotions passions and struggles that people experience are often tied to the most basic needs and the most elemental aspects of who they are I felt an immediate connection to the story and was deeply moved by the restrained yet palpable power of the narrative The most lasting message that I took away from the story was that despite the many hardships Santiago faces and the titanic trials that he endures on the open sea I NEVER ONCE felt that I was supposed to pity or feel sorry for him in any way Here was a person doing what he loves to do what gives him purpose in life and struggling with an iron will to accomplish his goal The struggle is hard it is difficult but it is who he is and what gives him fulfillment in life All I could feel was giant admiration for this man I found this uplifting and a powerful reaffirmation of what is truly important in life But a man is not made for defeat A man can be destroyed but not defeatedWhether it was the setting I was in the mood I was in the wine I was drinking the wonderful narration or the power of the words themselves in the end the result was the same I felt ALIVE and for that I say thank you “Papa” wherever you are That is basically it but I wanted to leave you with my favorite line from the story one that I think encapsulates everything Hemingway set out to accomplish in his tale And what beat you he thought 'Nothing' he said aloud 'I went out too far' 50 stars and one of my “All 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The Old Man and the SeaHe timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth century classic Written in 1952 this hugely successful novel confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literatur The wolves will comeI started this in high spirits as my updates show fifth re read how thrilling it is to plumb new depths in old wells of wisdomBut as I read on towards the last few pages I couldn't shake the feeling that this is Moby Dick set in an alternate universeIn this alternate universeThe Giant Leviathan is a noble unseen fish steady and without maliceCaptain Ahab is transformed into a gentle wise old zen master Santiago a humble fisherman with no legendary crew to command and only his frail body instead of a Peuod to do his biddingIshmael is a young boy who instead of being a end is nigh Nostradamus is a loving weeping young boy who cares deeply about the worldueeueg is probably the dolphin which was the old man's only hope against his foe his brotherNow Moby Dick for me was the grand struggle of an obsessed genius with his destiny in fact about the creative struggle it proves that life is a tragedy and in the grand conclusion you go down with a mighty confrontation and your ambitions take you down to the depths of the sea no trace left of either you or your grand dreams except a mist of madness propagated as a half heard storyThis was profound and it moved me to tears but it was still grand was it not? The great struggle the titanic battle and the heroic capitulation It was operatic and it was uplifting even amidst the tragedy the mighty bellow of man's cry in the face of the unconuerable; that gave me goosebumpsBut Hemingway and his Old Man has turned the story on its head It takes you beyond the happily ever after of Moby Dick and as always those unchartered waters are beyond description This alternate universe is much cruel and much real There is no grand confrontation that ends in an inspirational tragedy It turns it into a battle of attrition you are inevitably defeated even in success and life will wear you down and leave no trace of your ambitions It makes you battle to the last breaking point of every nerve and sinew and lets you win a hollow victory that you cannot celebrate as life has worn you out too much in your pursuit of your goals and the destiny the destiny too now seems and unreal and you ask yourself if you were even worthy enough to start the battleAnd as you turn back after that jaded victory then comes the sharks inevitably inexorably And then begins the real battle not the grand epic but a doomed unenthusiastic battle against reality with the knowledge that no grand ambition can ever succeed And the old man tells it for you I never should have gone out that farThe alternate universe is depressing and it is Zen at the same time I do not know how I probably have to read this many times before any hope any secret light in it comes to illuminate me for today for this reading Hemingway has depressed me beyond belief and I cannot remember how I always thought of this as an inspirational fable The scene in which the restaurant lady sees the bones of the once great fish sums it up for me In the end you give up hope of success and only wish that at the very least you might be able to bring back a ghost of the fish so that people can see how great your target really was but all they see is the almost vanished skeleton of your idea; your grand dreams are just so much garbage now and who will have the imagination to see the grandeur it had at its conception?“They beat me Manolin” he said “They truly beat me”“He didn’t beat you Not the fish”“No Truly It was afterwards”
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FREE PDF Ô BOOK The Old Man and the Sea ´ ERNEST HEMINGWAY ã [Reading] ➯ The Old Man and the Sea ➷ Ernest Hemingway – Helpyouantib.co.uk Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved and popular novel ever with millions of copies sold—now featuring early drafts and supplementary material as well as a peErnest Hemingway’s most beloved and popular novel ever with millions of copies sold now featuring early drafts and supplementary material as well as a personal foreword by the only living son of the author Patrick Hemingway and an introduction by the author’s grandson Seán HemingwayThe last novel Ernest Hemingway saw p I read this as a young man and was disappointed It didn't work for me I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing They say his father was a fishermanI picked it up again after the passage of some years and found it incredibly poignant It's a simple story There's an old man Santiago who is a fisherman fallen on hard times He is cared for by a young boy Manolin who no longer works on his boat Santiago goes into the Gulf and engages in the fight of his life with a giant marlin What follows is a dream like stream of conscious meditation as the old man matches strength and wits with the great fish After 84 days of no fish Santiago takes his skiff far out to sea He drops his line and hooks a marlin He can't pull it in so he takes hold of the line beginning the back and forth when the marlin runs he gives the line slack; when the marlin is still he pulls the line in The old man's hands are cut by the rope His muscles strain He has no food or water Yet he doesn't give up The obsession has shades of Moby Dick except at the end of this novel I didn't feel the need to dig up Melville and punch him in the skullI have never seen or heard of such a fish But I must kill him I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon he thought The moon runs away Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity I do not understand these things he thought But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothersEventually the marlin is hauled in and killed The old man attaches him to the boat and begins to row towards shore Of course the marlin is dripping blood so if you've seen Jaws or read James and the Giant Peach you can imagine that his dreams of hitting it big with this fish are probably not going to come to pass Age teaches you a lot of things You start to realize that you might never be the person you thought you'd be as a child Days go by you start to lose and gain less I thought about this as I thought about the old man raging like Dylan Thomas against the night; an old man nearing the end of his days fighting against nature time death a fish able to boil all things down into one climatic struggle on the high seas At the end he did not succeed at least not in the manner he'd foreseen but he was in an inimitable way victorious 'You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food' he thought 'You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after If you love him it is not a sin to kill him Or is it ?'