Y'all know I enjoyed For Whom the Bell Tolls and, additionally, how enjoyment is a pretty rare emotion on this tag. So I really wanted this to be more than a story about some old dude catching a fish. I really did.
Someone's gonna tell me there's more to it than that. Someone who studied it in school or university or whatever, but honestly? IT'S ABOUT AN OLD DUDE WHAT CATCHES A FISH. And the fish then gets eaten by scavenger sharks, rendering his whole trip - not to mention the story - utterly pointless. There's also a slight and creepy tinge of the Noble Savage about Santiago.
Hemingway also talked about women being under the influence of the moon, which annoyed me, both because I hate the whole 'her only emotions are related to her uterus!' chant and because I don't get pain OR mood swings during my period and haven't since I was seventeen. It only takes one white blackbird, etc etc.
I did like this line:
the white cumulous built like friendly piles of ice cream
Hopefully the next book of his I find (this one came free with a newspaper) will be slightly ... more interesting. And contain less fish.
Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon