From Our Readers| #PulitzerReadingChallenge: The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

January 24, 2018Krisha

Editor’s note: Hi everyone! Welcome to our first-ever reader submission! If you remember, I sent out a call for reviews and submissions a while back so I’m so stoked to finally share this entry from a certified #thirdworldbooknerd, Camille.

The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway


This is one of those books that will never grow old. Its gist is about an old man named Santiago who ventured to the vast sea and caught a giant marlin, only to lose it in the end. But its so much more than that. It’s about perseverance and courage and redeeming one’s self. Did he succeed when he was able to harpoon the great marlin? Or did he finally lost his greatness when he returned to the Havana with the skeleton of the massive fish?

Success depends on how you view it. Santiago may have lost the battle with the sharks, but he won the war that was within himself. I love the metaphors of this book. I love how the words were crafted to remain in my memory. And there’s Manolin, the young man who never doubted Santiago. His reaction when the old man came back made me sob quite a little. But most of all, I am moved by how this short story mirrored the life of Ernest Hemingway. This poignant story makes you realize that rather than cut the line and give up chasing something big, hold on to it and ride with it. That’s what both Santiago and Hemingway did. They never gave up, even if others were telling them to stop because you are no longer the man whom you used to be. Truly, a man is not made for defeat. He can be destroyed, yes, but not defeated.

“The fish is my friend too, he said aloud. I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I’m glad we do not have to kill the stars.

Imagine if each day a man tries to kill the moon. The moon runs away. But imagine if a man each day should have to try to kill the sun? We are born lucky, he thought.

Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity.

I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or moon or stars. It is enough to live in the sea and kill our true brothers.” – E.H.

About Camille

Food and music lover. Education and peace advocate. Life enthusiast. Mediocre artist. Movie geek. Morose writer. Wanderlust. Adventurer. Bookworm. Fangirl. Witty.

I love reading very much and my favorite genre is actually adventure and intellectual cliffhangers (Harry Potter Series, Robert Langdon Series, Hunger Games, etc.) I have quite a library at home and as of the moment, I am starting to love classics and novels with serious topics. My literature professor (we are very close) challenged me to do the #PulitzerReadingChallenge and post reviews about it on Instagram. So far, my progress is good but I don’t have much time to do reviews because of my work. In the 12 Pulitzers I have read, only reviewed four. [This one] is the latest. 🙂

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