The award-winning novel has a rather simple plot — the old man goes fishing, catches a big marlin, fights the thing for days, finally it dies, the old man returns only to have sharks tear the meat off the bones of the marlin — he collapses on his bed with nothing but a memory and the struggle and some bones to show for his heroic efforts.
What is your favorite line in the book?
This one struck me today:
It was an hour before the first shark hit him.
Out of nowhere, at least for a first time reader, that shark hits and the whole story takes on a new turn with that hit.
Hemingway’s prose is almost inimitable; yea, perhaps it is but no one mastered as he did. Spare, lean, straight.