Five Books About Magnificent Fish | Book Marks

The Old Man and the Sea was the last great novel of Hemingway’s career, filled with vivid near photographic images like this: “Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.” The challenge of the massive marlin is too much for this “old man,” who fished in a skiff with a harpoon and had gone eighty-some days without a catch. So Hemingway was accurate in his portrayal; how often does a fishing boat come up empty?
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