― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway in 1951 and, published in 1952. It centers upon Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf of Mexico.
For 84 days, fisherman Santiago has caught nothing. Alone, without a crew, no fish, Santiago is now considered unlucky. So Manolin (Santiago's fishing partner until recently) has been told by his parents to fish in another boat.
On the morning of the 85th day, Santiago sets out before dawn on a three-day adventure that takes him far out into the distant ocean. In search of an catch, he eventually does snag a marlin of giant proportions, to land the great fish he battles end on end. He straps the marlin along his boat and heads for home, hardly believing his own victory is battle.
I was able to relate to the story since I have fished many times before. This gave me a better understanding of what was going on and brought out the details of the story. The story was also filled with many lessons that people can take to heart. The main lesson, the lesson I truly toke to heart was never give up. Santiago went 84 days without catching a fish and still went out fishing. Santiago stood his ground and kept doing what he loved.
Santiago has gone 84 days without fishing, goes out on the 85th day and is faced with a mighty challenge. This book is filled with tons of detail bringing out each moment and I highly recommend it