Old man and the sea was written by Ernest Hemingway in the year 1952. Soon after, he was awarded Pulitzer Prize and The Nobel Prize in Literature. Perhaps, that is why this book left a mark in the reading world.
This book is more of a short story. It is merely a hundred pages long. Old Santiago is battling with age. He is a fisherman who hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days. Earlier he had a companion in the form of a little boy but even he had to leave Santiago after succumbing to the pressure from his parents.
On the 85th day, Santiago goes fishing with determination in his eyes. After a few hours, a giant marlin fish takes his bait but it was so huge that Santiago couldn’t pull it up. Then began the battle between these two mighty species. To know who won in the end, read the book yourself.
Santiago’s thoughts, his pain, his hope, his resolution is beautifully noted by Hemingway. He even paid extra attention to the details of fishing which made the book slightly dull for many.
If you have a couple of hours in hand to kill, pick this book. At least you’ll get to say that you have read one of the best books in History.