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25 July 2009 @ 09:24 pm
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: socksscoradh on July 26th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
I'm pretty glad I didn't start with this one. It sure does not live up to the Hemingway hype. Or any hype.

I read Mockingbird years and years ago. I remember the ending being so depressing...
Allikaallika on July 25th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, read that in H.S. All it left me with was the question, "uh, what was the point of that?" I had a inkling that the message was "it is useless to have hopes and dreams, for they are sure to be destroyed" or something terribly depressing and cliche as that. So, um, yeah.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on July 26th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
See, idek if there WAS a point, besides Hemmie having an inspiration to write about fishing. And then a bunch of other people assigned crazy theories to it. That must be the sucky part of being a great literary genius.
R.J.'s Talkback Plebe Radioluciusmalfoy on July 26th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
It's about a man and a fish. :/
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: maskscoradh on July 26th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
I was kind of hoping the man would be killed by sharks, ngl.