The Old Man and the Sea
“But man is not made for defeat,"
~ Ernest Hemingway
The book, The Old Man and the Sea, is a very enjoyable book to read. It is not the longest book, but it is dense with great description, plot and it is very well written. I am currently just finishing day three and it is starting to get very exiting.
Santiago the main character has just hooked the marlin and is now fighting it. The book explained that Santiago wants the marlin to jump out of the water because its air sockets will be filled which will prevent the fish from diving into the depths which will make it harder to fight. I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and I have never known that.
Santiago also gets a cut underneath his eyes from a large tug from the fish. He then says that he will fight this fish until one of them dies. That, along with other examples shows that Santiago is an old, but lively and mentally strong man. I have also realized how close he is to nature itself. When a bird lands on the tight line between the marlin and his rod he begins to talk to the birds and tells the bird to take his rest so that he can fight against the other things he will face. He also says to the marlin that he loves the fish, but he does plan on killing it by the end of the day.
So far this book has started out slow and now is getting faster by the second. I am looking forward the what is going to happen in the future. Although it seems as not much could happen — I feel like he could either loos the fish or not, I don’t know what else this could lead to but I cant wait to see.
So far I would definitely recommend this book to anyone even if the have never fished in their lives because it keeps you hooked and interested just from a readers perspective.