The Old Man and the Sea is a magnificent novella, beautiful in its simplicity of the story of an old man and a big fish.
It is about one last chance to prove oneself. It is a story about human friendship that is not a respector of age and station. It is a story about the indomitable human spirit to conquer nature. It is about the beauty and fury of Nature itself, and all that it holds within its power, both humans and fish alike. It is about taking pride in the work of your hands. And about the great circle of life.It is also about loss, and the value of bearing it well. It is about exercising restraint in telling a tall tale– a fish-tale, if you will!
Amazing how a small story can speak to so many things about the human condition. Thank you, Mr. Hemingway!