I have always enjoyed novels that use the sea as the setting. The ocean and the sea can be calm or treacherous and harbor many creatures. A novel that excelled in using the sea is the classical novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Read our book review below!
The Old Man and the Sea: Summary
Santiago is an old, experienced fisherman who is on a bad streak. He has gone 84 days without catching a fish and feels his luck turning around. His fishing partner, Manolin, is a young man who Santiago has trained since childhood and accompanies him on his fishing expeditions.
On the 85th day, Santiago travels to the Gulf Stream and hooks a big fish. It is a marlin and puts up a fight that lasts for days. Over the course of those days and nights, he becomes close with his prey and even calls it his brother.
As time passes by, Santiago becomes tired, has cuts on his hands and his body is sore, and sleeps little. The third day arrives and the end seems to be near. Santiago’s battle with his catch is only the beginning as new challenges are encountered and Santiago’s strength is pushed to the limit.
There is not much to say about this novel that hasn’t already been said. A brilliant novel by Hemingway which would be his final full-length novel. A lot of the novel reflects Santiago’s own life and upbringing. And as I have said before, most great novels come true experience.
Most people come cross this novel in school as it is usually a required reading. I like this novel being part of the curriculum because it is a drastic change from your typical classical novels. Who doesn’t like a good book that takes place on the sea? If you haven’t read this novel yet then this is a good reminder that you should see what the hype is about.