[Book Review] The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway

Book Reviews

One of my goals this 2019 is to read more classic books because, to be honest, I’m intimidated by these books which why I rarely read them. I don’t know the reason why I don’t like it. Is it because of the deepest meaning the story wants to convey? Or the deepest words in it? The reasons may be endless, but I want and will try my best to read at least five or more books this 2019.

For my first classic book this 2019 is ‘The old man and the sea’ by Ernest Hemingway. While reading it, my face was bit annoyed somehow because I don’t know what I supposed to expect to the story. There were scenarios that were not clearly understandable for me, but I still tried my best to catch up on the flow of it before it ends. It’s 100 pages only, yet for me it was super long.

In the end, I still didn’t get what the purpose of it until I read some reviews, and then I got what was the hidden meaning of the story. Sorry, I’m so slow about that.

The lesson in the story was good, but my experiences while reading it was not that enjoyable. I still appreciate it – the characters, the story and the moral of the story, but I ended up not liking it.

Hoping for my next CLASSICS READ PROJECT will be okay for me.

Can you suggest some good classic books to read? I’m accepting suggestions right now. 😊

The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, 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 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 the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.


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