The Old Man and the Sea (A Scribner Classic)
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An old Cuban fisherman has gone 85 days without catching a fish. He goes out early one morning in his little skiff by himself. He is determined to go out farther than any other fisherman hoping to catch something worthwhile. When he feels a tug on one line he knows it is something big. The fish pulls and pulls taking the fisherman and his little boat in a northeasterly direction. It takes all the fisherman's strength and wiles to keep this fish on the line. After a day the swordfish finally tires and the fisherman is able to harpoon it. Too big to be brought into the boat he ties the fish alongside the boat and puts his sail up to go back home. Sharks start to find the fish and take large chunks. The old man fights and kills some but more and more arrive. He arrives home with only a skeleton lashed to his boat.
This is such a tragic story and yet shows how determined a person can be. The old man recognizes that he and the fish are partners and friends. This seems very similar to the attitude North American aboriginals have towards the animals they hunt. There were myriad interesting details about the life in and above the sea. I was particularly charmed by the little warbler that landed on the old man's boat while the fish is steadily pulling it further out to see. I thought it was only recently that it was discovered that warblers flew long distances over water to get to South America for the winter. Obviously Cuban fisherman have known this for a long time and finally scientists have caught up to them.
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