This is a highly readable book, with only 27,000 words, having an unparalleled ability to penetrate the depths of any reader's heart and soul.
This book portrays the struggle and the fight between an unlucky old fisherman, Santiago and a large fish.
Meanwhile, the predators of the sea, sharks, eats away the tied up marlin's flesh.
When the boat arrived on shore, a group of fishermen and Manolin, discovers the marlin's skeleton as well as the deep-asleep Santiago.
But this time, he wrote about pity: about something somewhere that made them all: the old man who had to catch the fish and then lose it, the fish that had to be caught and then lost, the sharks which had to rob the old man of his fish; made them all and loved them all and pitied them all. Praise God that whatever made and loves and pities Hemingway and me kept him from touching it any further.
And you can also watch below a fascinating talk by scholar Joseph Fruscione about how Faulkner and Hemingway competed and influenced each other.He was so unlucky that for eighty four grueling days, he was unable to catch even a single fish.And to add fuel to the fire of his misfortune , his own son-like assistant, the young boy, Manolin, was not allowed by his parents to go with Santiago.One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba.In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954.He wrote the recent book, Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry .It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime.It’s like asking one race horse in the middle of a race to broadcast a blurb on another horse in the same running field.” When Breit asked Faulkner to write a review of Hemingway’s 1952 novella His best.Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries. Until now, his men and women had made themselves, shaped themselves out of their own clay; their victories and defeats were at the hands of each other, just to prove to themselves or one another how tough they could be.Both were internationally revered, both were masters of the novel and the short story, and both won Nobel Prizes.Born in Mississippi, Faulkner wrote allegorical histories of the South in a style that is both elliptical and challenging.