Between a war happened in Spain. It was a war for control of the soul of a country. It was fought between the Republicans, who were democratically elected and the Nationalists, a Fascist group wanting to overthrow the government.
Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here.
While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me.
Last year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit!! It was the latter part of October near the end of harvest time and the weather was perfect We were staying at our favorite Napa sanctuary, the Villagio Inn and Spa.
Though pricey, Vellagio is just about perfect, it's centrally located, with wonderful rooms, and one of the BEST breakfast spreads in the world Hey, when you are going out drinking all day, it is important to load up on foodstuffs to avoid alcohol-related trouble.
Speaking of drinking all day, we had just come back from an awesome tour of the Castle di Amarossa Winery which is, I shit you not, a real castle in the middle of Napa, California Anyway, we got back to the room and had a few hours to relax before a late dinner reservation.
I choose this story because it was only pages long or just under 3 hours via audio and it seemed to fit my time allotment perfectly.
So, feeling a little buzzed and in a superb, yet contemplative mood I had just turned 40 for crying out loudI poured myself another glass of wine shut up and don't judge mewent and sat on the balcony outside our room and, with the sun starting to go down, began listening to the audio version of this story.
Well, this story slammed me and had me sucked in and captive from the very first words: As many have said and almost as many have complainedthis is in many ways a simple story about an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago, who has had a significant run of bad luck fishing i.
Yes, a simple story and Hemingway uses sparse, straight-forward prose The most powerful emotions, passions and struggles that people experience are often tied to the most basic needs and the most elemental aspects of who they are.
I felt an immediate connection to the story and was deeply moved by the restrained, yet palpable power of the narrative.
The most lasting message that I took away from the story was that, despite the many hardships Santiago faces, and the titanic trials that he endures on the open sea, I NEVER ONCE felt that I was supposed to pity or feel sorry for him in any way.
Here was a person doing what he loves to do, what gives him purpose in life, and struggling with an iron will to accomplish his goal.
The struggle is hard, it is difficult, but it is who he is and what gives him fulfillment in life. All I could feel was giant admiration for this man.
I found this uplifting and a powerful reaffirmation of what is truly important in life.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated. That is basically it, but I wanted to leave you with my favorite line from the story, one that I think encapsulates everything Hemingway set out to accomplish in his tale.Ernest Hemingway, in full Ernest Miller Hemingway, (born July 21, , Cicero [now in Oak Park], Illinois, U.S.—died July 2, , Ketchum, Idaho), American novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely.
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