The Old Man and The Sea.
This is the classic tale of struggle, and thought of by many as Ernest Hemingway’s finest novel.
If you are new to reading Hemingway this is a great place to start.
The language is spare. Not a word wasted.
There is beauty in the struggle, there is love, respect, anger and desperation.
It won the inveterate gambler, fighter, hunter the Nobel Prize for Literature and you can tell in every phrase that he shared the struggle, the loss.
I wonder what he would have made of today’s word of wall to wall coverage of every event, hyperbole at every twist and turn, politics a sham and the wonders of the web.
I can actually imagine Ernest being as addicted to casino online, just as he was to the bottle, the women and the weed. Though perhaps he’d consider that not manly enough for his approach to life.
I imagine he’d frown at football, scorn the drug police and scream abuse at pretty much every sportsman, save maybe the cage fighters.
The Old Man and The Sea. It’s a classic, a short read best tackled in one go.
Pour yourself a large bourbon, half a pint should do you about right, get a packet of strong smokes and settle down somewhere that you’re unlikely to be disturbed and start your journey into some of America’s finest literature.