Pulitzer Book Club Inclusion Guide
"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
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Hemingway the adventurer survived multiple plane crashes, bullfights, and big game hunting in Africa and the sea near Key West. He lived for a time on a farm near Havana and had a lifelong fascination with baseball. His work as a journalist no doubt influenced his stripped-to-the bone style.
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Old Cuban fisherman fights marlin, mentors boy, loves NY Yankees
Keep the shark imagery out of your head. Remember when the Old man thrills at his first sight of the marlin leaping from the sea.
The spare essential voice of Hemmingway shines the light on the relationship between man and nature.
Very short, completely captivating. 127 pages; 3 CDs
Resolution. Skills, effort, strength, creativity, suffering, joy, and endurance are not enough.
Characters are poor Cuban fisherman and small biz guys who provide things like coffee and bait on credit.
Nothing but water for an unreasonably long time. Then raw fish that’s not presented like sushi or sashimi. Finally, share your rice and beans, fried bananas and stew with someone who needs compassion.
“Let him think I am more of a man than I am and I will be so.”
On a boat or place with a view of the sea. Or a room with some nautical nods.
Discuss justice and injustice among civilians in the novel, aboard The Caine and at the trial.
Havana isn’t the easiest place to enter, so go to Key West for real or online. The tour of Hemingway’s house is a must; fishing is optional. Buy the tee shirt at Hemingway’s favorite bar, Sloppy Joe’s. Alternatively, go to Yankee stadium.
1990, 1958 "The Old Man and The Sea" (films), “Hemingway” PBS 2021
2014 “Ernest Hemingway on Hunting and Fishing”