Teen Book Review — The Old Man and the Sea

Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Old Man and the Sea is a fiction book about a Cuban fisherman. The fisherman was old, poor and had terrible luck. He hadn’t caught a good fish in months. The boy who worked with him had gone to work on a different boat, because his parents wanted him on a successful boat. But the boy cared for the old man at the end of the day, when they were done fishing. Without the boy, the old man was alone in his ship. One day, as he set off in the morning, the old man decided to go further out into the ocean than usual. Soon enough, he felt a fish tug at his line, but he couldn’t reel it in, it was too heavy. The old man waited for the fish to jump, but instead, it started swimming, dragging the old man’s boat with him. I won’t give away anymore of the story, but I think you get the point. The book is about an old fisherman’s struggle to catch a giant fish. I guess I’d rate this book 3 ½ out of 5 stars. It is very well written, and the story is interesting, but I found it a bit boring at parts. This is mostly because the author focuses a lot on details, so it tends to go on about things for a bit too long for my taste. However, I have heard that happens with a lot of old books, and this one was written a while ago. The book I find the most similar to this one would probably be The Cay. I read The Cay a while ago, so I don’t remember the details, but I do remember that there was also an old man in the story. Also, in The Cay, the characters are stranded on an island, similar to how the old man gets pulled far out into the ocean. The main thing that connects these two books, though, is that they were both pretty slow-paced, which made them a bit boring to me. I can’t say this book connects to my life in many ways. The old man was determined to catch the fish, and I can get pretty determined to do what I want to do, or get the last word in an argument sometimes. The fisherman is from Cuba, so he speaks Spanish fluently, I can’t speak it fluently, but I know a lot of Spanish, and speak it occasionally at home. If you enjoy slow-paced highly detailed books, or are interested in fishing or the sea, I would recommend reading this book.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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