Having never read Hemingway before I can now understand his presence as one of more classical and popular authors whose works stand the test of time.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of the more well known of his works, while relatively short, and few on characters (most of them being sea dwelling creatures) it tells a remarkable story of life and the challenges we face, and the not so overwhelming outcomes of our choices.
There’s not much left to spoil as anyone who is literary minded will have at least heard of this tale or the author, so without further ado… Santiago is an old fisherman who is down on his luck and hasn’t caught anything for ~85 days, his record is 87 days. Manolin is a young boy, his friend, but his parents believe Santiago to be unlucky and make him sail with another boat.
Santiago sails out farther the next day, snags a huge marlin, and fights with the fish for two days and one night, before returning home again to a very worried Manolin. The way Hemingway tells this simple tale makes it all that more interesting and more like a folktale. I liked it, and want to read more of his writings.
I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.
The 3rd Degree by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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.
Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?