Fiction Book Club March 2020
Next month we travel far into dark blue oceans and aquamarine skies with The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
A masterpiece included in academic courses around the world, the short novel received Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is considered one of the main reasons Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Protected content
The novel reflects on Man’s place within the Nature, by following Santiago, an old and out of luck fisherman, in the fight of his life while trying to catch a massive marlin and bring it back to shore.
The author suggests that it is possible to transcend the natural law of kill or be killed, by proving honor in the face of struggle and defeat, as victory is not necessarily a prerequisite for honor. By facing life’s hardship, a man can prove his determination through the worthiness of the opponents he chooses to face.
The novel also portrays pride as a source of greatness and determination, suggesting that glory depends upon one having the pride to see a struggle through to its end, regardless of the outcome. Without a ferocious sense of pride, the epic battle would never have been fought, or more likely, it would have been abandoned before the end.
Happy Readings :)
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