This isn't what I really want to write about today. The post about the Hemingway writing app identified a gap in my reading. In my fifty years, I'd never read any of Beardy Ernie's work. Toffeeapple and Cro Magnon mentioned The Old Man and the Sea. 'Let's give it a go then!' I thought and ordered it from the library. It came with a marvellous retro cover which gave me ideas about printing on brown paper. Today's title is a recurrent quote from the book.
It's the story of an elderly Cuban fisherman and his battle with a bloody great marlin that he's hooked. He could have done with Manolin, the boy, being there. But because of the old man's terrible run of bad luck the apprentice's parents force him to fish from a different boat. The book is short, macho and at some point a dolphin gets eaten. Yikes! Isn't that akin to cannibalism given the status held by this mammal in Western society? Needless to say the story is beautifully written in Hemingway's sparse style. Perhaps he used the app! Will I read more Hemingway? Maybe. I might temper it with a bit of chick lit first. And does it tempt me to take up fishing when I get to my new seaside home. Well, yes, for I have a hankering for hunter-gathering of many kinds. I might stick to stocking the freezer with my catch from the mackerel boats rather than picking fights with the big guys of the sea!