RE: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway/Chandler/Hammitt

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 16 Mar 2002

>jim blue said:
>The old man in "The Old Man And The Sea" was pretty
>manly too.

hahaha. he was a bit of everything, wasn't he? if i recall he had boxed at one time. and carrying the mast on his bent back up from the water comes close to giving him holy status (at least metaphorically). all on top of being a fisherman too. of course, at the start of the book, he wasn't too good at that.

they made us read _the old man and the sea_ in junior high school. it was a miserable choice. the beauty and elegance and poetry of that book is a bit too subtle for most 12 year old kids. it was another 15 years before i gave hemingway another try.

i think the story goes that hemingway read the book over a hundred times before releasing it to the publisher.


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