10 November 2009

Book Review and Cool Cover of the Week: The Old Man and the Sea


The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway

What can be said about Hemingway that hasn’t been said before? It is like “reviewing” Jane Austen. What is the point?

What I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Old Man and the Sea. Essentially a fishing story with layers of meaning about life and getting old, and a plot that makes one want to read it in one session. Which I did.


November Novella Challenge: 2 down, 2 to go.

8 comments:

  1. I also enjoyed this, but the only Hemingway I've read. Will be reading a few soon (early next year), hopefully. Is that the cover you own? Love it.

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  2. I have not read any Hemingway and I must, must, must. I didnt know this was a novella, I might see if the library has it!

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  3. That is a really cool cover for this book. I read it once long ago, but don't remember much beyond the premise. Maybe I should read it again.

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  4. I can't even tell you how long this book has been sitting unread on my shelf. I have to get that changed soon!

    Lezlie

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  5. Claire: This is indeed the cover I own. I got it for a dollar. I also have The Sun Also Rises in a similar cover.

    Simon: Before I read Hemingway my impression of him was that he was one those "really important" writers. Ever the subject of American literary myth, I think I was a little afraid to wade in. But after reading The Sun Also Rises and The Garden of Eden I realized I he is quite enjoyable. Has distinct style for sure, and too much testosterone for some people, but overall he is definitely worth the time.

    Jeane: Definitely worth a re-read. It is so much more than the outline. One really becomes a fan of the old man.

    Lezlie: Not only is it good, but it is a quick read. You can knock it off your TBR in about an hour.

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  6. You might appreciate this animated version; I thought it was one of the most beautiful animations I have ever seen!

    http://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/sunday-treat-paint-on-glass-animation-of-hemingways-the-old-man-and-the-sea/

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  7. I have to admit this is the only Hemingway I have enjoyed so far. What would you recommend for more of him?

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  8. Rhapsody: Thanks for the link. I will have to check that out.

    Matthew: Of the other two I have read I would say go for The Sun Also Rises.

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