The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway


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  1. Mariah M. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea , by Ernest Hemingway, is about an old Cuban fisherman who is always down on his luck. But one day, everything changes. While fishing, he gets a bite. It turns out he must battle it out with a giant marlin. This book describes his struggles during the journey and becoming friends with a young boy named Santiago.

    Evaluation: In my opinion, the plot is a little boring. On the other hand, the author wrote it very well. I didn’t enjoy this book very much, because I am more interested in mysterious, humorous, and action packed stories. But if you love fishing, this may be the book for you!

    Rating: 2 stars

    Recommendations: Seedfolks, Fly Girl, Hattie Big Sky

  2. Trip J. Says:

    Summary: This book is about an old man named Santiago who lives on the Gulf Stream just off the coast of Cuba. For his whole life Santiago has been a fisherman but never a lucky one. Santiago hasn’t caught a fish in nearly 85 days, and he is only eating because a kind boy has been bringing him food. On the 85th day he finally does it! He hooks a giant blue-finned marlin, only to get dragged out to sea.

    Evaluation: This was an okay book. It was clearly written a long time ago, yet it doesn’t quite have the same air of writing style. It was relatively simple, yet still descriptive and entertaining.

    Rating: Three Stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Demon King, Atlas Shrugged

  3. Jordan V. Says:

    Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman, is extremely unlucky because he hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days. Due to this the townspeople think he is very unlucky so much so a little boy is forbidden, by his parents, to see the old man, but they remain friends and the little boy continues to help the old man out. On the 85th day, Santiago sets out to sail beyond where others sail. Soon a large marlin comes and takes the bait; afraid to tie the line, he holds on getting deep cuts, and…

    Even though this is a very short book, there are long stretches of uneventful parts, but it is written in plain simple and easy to read English with a deep meaning behind the words. This is not an action packed book in any way, but it is a good short read and deserves a try.

    Rating 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Pearl, Cannery Row, The Giver.

  4. Luke M. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea was written by Ernest Hemingway. The story begins with a fisherman and a young boy talking about fishing at sea. He goes fishing for most of the days in his life. He sees a big swordfish, and he sets out to catch it, no matter how hard it is. They also run into dolphins and flying fish.

    Evaluation: I think this book was ok; it wasn’t the greatest book in the world, because almost 90% of it is about fishing! I like it when he catches the fish and then he dreams about lions, but other than that the rest of the book is just him trying to catch the giant swordfish.

    Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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  5. Alex W. Says:

    This book was about an old man who was a fisherman who fished in the gulf stream. He has been so unlucky, he hasn’t caught anything in months. He lives with a boy, and the boy’s job is to get food for the day. Then one day the old man hooks a huge marlin and tries to get it but never has much luck, but it was still a great adventure.

    I thought this book was all right. I liked how it was short, but it was quite boring in my mind. I’m not sure how it won a nobel prize.

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

    Recommendations: Anthem, The Hunger Games

  6. Bailey M. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man & the Sea is about an old fisherman that lives on the gulf stream. He meets a boy and helps him and his family for some time. Then he embarks on an adventure to catch a fish. The fish just happens to be a giant marlin. Through pain and suffering, the old man has to overcome challenges to catch his fish. The story is about how he handled his situation and his respect for other creatures.

    Evaluation: I give this book a 3.5/5. It kept me entertained at the exciting moments, but it was also quite slow for a big section of the book. The book reminded me of Gray Paulsen’s Hatchet, because, in both books, the main characters were alone and they talked to themselves. Also it reminded me of the movie “Castaway” (not sure if it was a book too), for the same reason.

    Recommendations: Hatchet and other Gary Paulsen books
    “Street Pharm”
    I recommend these becasue they are pretty much books where the characters overcome obstacles.

  7. Maria Jose A. Says:

    The Old Man and the Sea is about an old Cuban man who goes fishing. But, one day, he is caught in a battle with a sword fish, a big sword fish. He waits several nights for this fish because, lately, he hasn’t had much luck. The fish pulls him far away to sea, but he doesn’t mind, he just wants this fish. Lastly, he encounters a problem near the end, which changes his whole route and reason.

    I think serious readers will enjoy this book. It is simple yet contains deeper meaning. If you are into action-packed, or romance filled books, then this is not the book for you. This book is about getting through the simple wording to find the meaning in it all.

    Rating: 3.5

    Recommendations: Harry Potter Series, Speak, Deadline

  8. Jeremy L. Says:

    The book is about an old man who is a fisherman for a living but lately isn’t catching any fish. He lives on an island near Cuba and has one friend, that is a little boy around the age of 8, that helps him set up for fishing. Although the old man is poor, he makes the best out of his life and appreciates the cup of coffee he has every single morning. One day the old man has been fishing and gets a huge bite, which turns out to be a giant blue-fin marlin. After many days at sea, battling the gigantic fish, he finally catches it. Because he is so far away from land, he paddles back, but on the way home, sharks come…

    I would recommend The Hunger Games or the book Hatchet, because they are both action-packed and fairly simple reading, just like The Old Man and the Sea.

    Rating: I would rate this book 3.5 stars.

  9. Rees K. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea is an epic classic that tells of the dangerous journey an old man goes on for one king fish. Santiago, or “The Old Man,” has been fishing literally for his entire life. He is on a streak of 84 days without catching a single fish, but that streak will be broken soon. He has a fish on the line, and it has been dragging him for three days, but will he be able to bring it in? You will have to read for yourself to find out!

    Evaluation: This book is excellently written. Ernest Hemingway is a literary genius! Although this is a simplistic writing style, this book is still amazing.

    Rating: I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

    Recommendations: I would also recommend Stones in Water and The Giver

  10. Sammie W. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea is a story of an old man who goes out to sea. This book is of a very simplistic writing style and is a very quick and pleasant read. The story follows the old man as he tries to catch the fish, but this journey is of more importance than just an every day fishing trip. As the book goes on, the reader surprisingly relates to the old man’s feelings as he tries to find what he’s looking for.

    Evaluation: I enjoyed this book. It was very simple, and it definitely was easy to follow along with the plot. The down side of Hemmingway’s extremely simple way of writing style is that at times his stories seem slow and boring to read. On the other hand, although The Old Man and the Sea was a bit boring, the simple-ness had an amazing significance that was easy to relate to and connect with our lives today.

    Rating: 3 stars
    Recommendations: (like this book) Tuesdays with Morrie, Of Mice and Men

  11. Gabe N. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea is a book about (can you guess?) an old man and the sea. There is an old man (named Santiago, but he’s mostly just called ‘old man’) who is a fisherman who has had very bad luck. He hasn’t caught a single fish in over 80 days and is only eating because a young boy is giving him food. But when the old man finally catches a fish on his line, he gets more then he bargained for…

    Evaluation: This book has a very interesting writing style. It’s very simplistic, but at the same time, this book isn’t simplistic. It’s very interesting and makes for a fast read (someone can easily finish it in a day). Also, the story is kind of strange. The entire book is about the old man trying to catch a fish, and in it he talks to himself, his hands, his back, a fish, and a bird.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars

  12. Colin P. Says:

    The Old Man and the Sea is about a Cuban fisherman who is down on his luck and can’t catch a thing. When he goes out on a routine fishing trip, he finally catches something on the line and has a never-ending and antagonizing battle with the great marlin. Every odd is against him in this ongoing battle with the fish. Many aspects are unbearable, but the old man must have the strength for the fish and the fight of his dreams.

    This book has won many awards, but the true gain out of this book is the experience of a lifetime. The Old Man and the Sea is a book that explains in detail, but shortens the fight of days into one book. Ernest Hemmingway has written a great book for the amount that was written.


  13. Logan S. Says:

    Summary: This book is about an old fisherman who goes to the ocean, and all he does is fish. Sometimes he meets others but not all the time. He meets this little boy who he calls his lucky charm. These two always fished together. Throughout this whole book it is really dull and boring. He does the same thing day in and day out. Then he finds what he is looking for.

    Evaluation: This book isn’t bad, but it sure is not exiting. It is very dull and boring. It’s only about an old man out in the ocean while he’s fishing. There’s really no other plot than that in this book. It is just the same old thing on every page. It is well written, but it is not exiting.

    Rating: 2 stars.

    Recommendations: Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham, Natural Harvest

  14. Valerie C. Says:

    Summary: This book is about an old man who has lost his knack for fishing. Several years ago he and a boy would catch many fish, but with his youth he lost he ability to be a great fisherman. So the old man sets out to sea to give fishing one last shot.

    Evaluation: An interesting book. It is very descriptive, and there isn’t a lot of action, so I don’t think it worth reading twice. But it’s a good book with well worded insight. I feel like the book has a deeper meaning that I just haven’t reached, so maybe I’ll read it again long in the future.

    Rating: 4: **FOUR STAR*S*

    Recommendations: The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eaden, Red Pony, Animal Farm, The Wind in the Willows

  15. Jin K. Says:

    Summary: In this book a man who hasn’t gotten any fish in a long time goes on an adventure to get food. He catches a little more than he can chew when he finds a humongous fish.

    Reflection: I found this book incredibly drawn out and slightly boring. The author is very descriptive and has his way with words, but I thought he packed too much description into a sentence. Although it is a short book, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone.

    Rating: 2.5

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

  16. Kellen H. Says:

    Summary: This book was about how an old man loved to fish but never had any luck with it, but all the young ones were good at it. He was friends with a young boy who was always caught big fish, and one day the old man went out the sea to try to catch a big fish when he stumbled upon something pretty unexpected…

    Evaluation: This book was not the best book I have ever read, because it was super slow and boring at parts, but the scenes where he fights the shark are pretty good… There’s good descriptor words, so you really always know what’s going on in the book.

    Rating: 2.5

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Stiff.

  17. Morgan G. Says:

    In this book, there is a man that is going to sea to catch fish, while a young boy named Santiago waits for him at the dock of an island. This story is very slow in the middle, while the man is on the boat in the sea. Toward the end I could tell that the book was supposed to be a mental challenge, instead of just a physical challenge, between the man and the sea as the old man fights to catch the fish.

    Rating: 2.5: I would give the book a two and a half star rating out of five stars.

  18. Mario R. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea is about an old fisherman who goes out into the sea and does nothing but fish. He also has some companions, including a little boy who the old man calls his lucky charm. These two always fished together and that will never change. Throughout this whole book the journey is dull and boring, same old routine, until the old man finally finds what he’s looking for.

    Evaluation: In my opinion, I really thought this book was the most boring book I read. It was absolutely horrible; I’ve never seen a whole book happen in one area, AND there was little to no action. THe only thing that I thought was good about this book was the descriptive detail, and that’s it.

    Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, A Child Called It, Parasite Rex

  19. April A. Says:

    Summary: The Old Man and the Sea , by Ernest Hemingway, begins with the little boy and the man talking about fishing. The man goes fishing every day trying to catch the huge fish that seems impossible to catch. They run into dolphins, flying fish, birds, and even some sharks along the way.

    Evaluation: I did not really enjoy this book, but it is very well written. The book has lots of action and adventure, so it was a very good book, but, if you don’t like fishing, this book is not for you. The whole entire book is about fishing, and the man trying to catch the big fish. I didn’t enjoy it as much because of the subject, but many other people might enjoy reading this.

    Rating: 2/5 Stars

    Recommendations: The Art of Racing in the Rain, My Sister’s Keeper, The Hunger Games

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