The Old Man and the Sea audiobook is a short work, now a contemporary classic, is the wonderfully described, heartbreaking story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the big Marlin he kills and loses—specifically mentioned in the author’s Nobel Prize citation in 1954.
The Old Man and the Sea audiobook
The Old Man and the Sea audiobook‘s plot: It’s a straightforward narrative. Santiago is an elderly fisherman who has fallen on hard times. Manolin, a young lad who no longer works on his boat, looks after him. Santiago enters the Gulf and has the fight of his life with a massive marlin. The elderly guy exchanges strength and brains with the enormous fish in a dream-like, stream-of-conscious meditation that follows.
Santiago sails his boat far out to sea after 84 days with no catch. He lets go of the line and hooks a marlin. He can’t draw it in, so he grabs the line and starts the back and forth: when the marlin rushes, he lets the line slack; when the marlin is motionless, he pulls the line in. The rope cuts the elderly man’s hands. His muscles tense. He doesn’t have any food or water. Nonetheless, he does not give up.
The marlin is eventually captured and killed. The old guy ties him to the boat and starts rowing towards shore. Of course, the marlin is pouring blood, so if you’ve watched Jaws or read James and the Giant Peach, you can know his hopes of catching a large one with this fish are unlikely to come true.
The old guy screams against the night like Dylan Thomas; an elderly man at the end of his days struggling against nature, time, death, a fish, able to distill everything down to one climactic conflict on the high seas. He did not succeed, at least not in the way he had predicted, but he was triumphant in his own unique way. Making you think about the characters is how The Old Man and the Sea audiobook teaches you some lessons.
The Old Man and the Sea audiobook’s narrative is powerful, talented, and driven. Perhaps it is his character that is the issue. Taking up this task may be a method for him to show to himself that he is actually a man. He goes about his business, and his fishing determines his fate, and maybe his life. The way he manages himself when confronted with this difficulty reveals the type of person he is, a typical Hemingway topic, and he accomplishes precisely that.
The Old Man and the Sea audiobook is a very short novel, perhaps more of a novella or long short story. However, it has the sense of a parable. Even though it continues sliding through my analytical net, there is clearly something going on here. Don’t let this be one of ones that went away if you’ve never fished these waters before.
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