Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old Man and the Sea book review

Hemingway's Long Fish Story
     Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1952, Fiction

The story starts off with a fisherman named Santiago from Cuba. People call him “salao” because he had not got a fish in 84 days. Then on the 85th day he got lucky and got a big marlin. It took two days and two nights for the fish to get tired, so on the third day Santiago shot him with a harpoon. while on the way back to Cuba sharks are attracted the the blood dripping out into the water and they attacked it. When he got to shore he noticed that the sharks ate at it until it was just a skeleton. Along with just the skeleton it was 18 feet from tail to nose.  “It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.” I do agree with this quote very much, because he does seem “down on his luck” when he is out fishing. Then when Santiago does get a marlin it is a good size one and he becomes lucky again. The writing style to me is imagery, “During the night two porpoises came around the boat and he could hear them rolling and blowing,” Page 48. The effect it had on me was that I was able to imagine two animals in the water rolling and blowing when Santiago was trying to sleep on the way back to Cuba from the Gulf of Mexico. The Old Man and the Sea is almost the same as The Hunger Games along with being different. They are both the same when it comes to struggling to survive, because in Old Man and the Sea he has to kill things in order to survive. While in The Hunger Games they have to kill each other to survive and make it out alive. The ways they are different is that in The Hunger Games it is a TV show that is for entertainment and discipline, and in Old Man and the Sea it is a real life situation and no one is doing it for entertainment they are doing it for survival of him. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” To me this means he can have everything bad happen to him that destroys him but each and every time he will get back up and try again. I strongly agree with this quote because it can happen to anyone that is having everything go wrong yet they still decide to go on. The part of the book that I did not like is how he kept trying to catch fish and never got any, I also don't like fishing so that is part of the reason I don't like this book. I give The Old Man and the Sea 1 Paw -Don’t Leave the Den.


  1. I agree with what you said about the quote. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated", I thought you explained it in a really good way to understand and how we as readers could relate. I wish I understood why the old man finally got lucky when he caught the fish but then he got really unlucky and he was attacked by sharks. Good Job on your review, I completely understood what you were trying to explain about the the book

  2. 1) I discover you don`t like the book
    2) Your writing made me think that we should discuss the book and see why we rated it so differently.
    3). I can`t relate to this because we both have two different perspectives.
    4) I like how you explained the book.
    5) I understand you don`t like the book, but why though?

  3. I agree with you that this book was kinda boring and we both don't like fishing. I can relate to this because i did see the movie "the hunger games" and the books are similar. I discovered that you hate fishing like me. I really liked your summary and it was easy to understand. ;)

  4. I agree with your 1 paw rating because I did not like this book. I really like how you and me both agree that we hate fishing. I think you write this to show that the book could've been better and more interesting.

  5. I can relate to when you used The Hunger Games to compare with the book because i did that also. I agree with your response to the quote. I really liked how you summarized the book. I saw in my mind the sharks near the boat. You seem to be saying that you didn't like the story.