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Thursday, March 25, 2021

#ReadThis #TheOldManandTheSea by #ErnestHemingway Earns #WhomYouKnow 's #HighestRecommendation

We have already told you that PBS has a Hemingway special coming up:
We watched it, twice.
Loved. 
You MUST read all his books before you see the special!

Of what we've read by Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea is by far his greatest masterpiece and we read it twice.  Previously on Whom You Know, Hemingway has earned accolades:

The Hemingway Stories:

For Whom the Bell Tolls

A Farewell To Arms
The Sun Also Rises

Though those works were great triumphs, this is like Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, the 18-year Macallan, or the C-8 Corvette.  It's the best of the best: the Top Gun of Ernest Hemingway.
Why?

It has universal appeal.  Hemingway understands, chronicles and communicates the human condition like no one else.  Aging and going after your goals are each separate universal concepts that one experiences, hopefully if you live long enough!   

It is a study of optimism.  The world needs optimism more than ever now.  The last thing anyone wants to do is hunker down for you know what after putting up with it for a year.  However, if you're going to, you ought to have something phenomenal to read.

It is a measure of persistence, another quality of all great humans.  In being so, it is truly inspirational on a worldwide level.  Even if you don't like fishing, its symbolism will not be lost on you.

The dream sequences permeate the literal story, and they color in shadows and light where the bare story does not.  

And for everyone that loves sports and who doesn't, you'll appreciate the baseball references!

Also, this is the most concise book so well done ever as it clocks in at only 82 pages, but weighs so much more in ideas and words.  

Of course you'll appreciate the Hemingway introductions by Patrick and Sean respectively, and the visuals of fishing and Hemingway's notes.

We absolutely loved it.

The Old Man and The Sea Has Earned Whom You Know's Highest Recommendation.


About Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved and popular novel ever, with millions of copies sold—now featuring early drafts and supplementary material as well as a personal foreword by the only living son of the author, Patrick Hemingway, and an introduction by the author’s grandson Se├ín Hemingway.

The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. 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.

Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novel confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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