Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hemingway’s dull and lifeless tale between man and fish

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1952. Fiction.

Santiago was an old fisherman who loved what he did. One day he went out to sea to catch a big fish for food and money. He caught a big fish called a marlin, but not without a fight. He was out at sea for three days straight. When he got back to shore there was nothing left to the marlin but bones. The sharks had gotten to it first, so he returned home with only bones.

"THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA is truly simple, a story about a simple man, with simple ideas, with a simple life, with a simple, elemental encounter with the natural world..." By Robert MooreI chose this quote because I agree with it. The Old Man and the Sea was an extremely simple book to read. It was very short, with easy vocabulary. In the book everything was explained well. For example the book talks about the boy. Then a few pages later Hemingway explains the relationship between the old man and the boy, and the history between them.

"They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert."(page 1) This is an example of a simile from The Old Man and the Sea. It made me think of a dry desert, were there is nothing but sand, and sun.

The Old Man and the Sea is the shortest book I've read since 5th grade. It reminded me of the book Alice in Wonderland. the were both very short and to the point. Alice in Wonderland was more of a fantasy compared to the Old Man and the Sea.

“A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”(page 38) I think that this quote means that you can try to destroy someone, put them down, but they will always get back up, you can never defeated them as long as they have the will to continue. I agree with this quote because I am an example of a person who will always get back up and try again.

I remember that when I was younger I was always determined to be the best big sister ever. then as my sister got older she stated to want to be just like me. She start to but the same clothes, wear her hair the same way, and go were I go. I thought it was really annoying but then my mom told me that all she want to do is learn, shes just trying to be cool like her big sister. After that I always liked how I was looked up to by someone younger than me.

1 Paw = Don't Leave the Den


  1. 1. I can believe that you gave it one paw because it wasn't that good at all.
    2. i really like how you explained your summary well.
    3. You seem to be saying that you didn't like the book and i didn't either.
    4. I agree that the story deserves 1 paw.
    5. I wish i understood more why he wanted to go fishing. so much.

  2. 1. I agree with you on the one paw rate :).
    2. I agree with you on the explanation of the quote about how a man can not be defeated.
    3. Your title is so true.
    4. Your have a good book to compare to this one.
    5. Your sister is lucky to have you to look up to.
    Great Job on this review.

  3. I agree with your rating. Your explanation for the quote on pg 38 was really good and i agree with it. I liked the connection you made to this book, your sisters lucky :)

  4. I agree with your refelction. you had a very good review