Is The old man and the sea the best novel by Ernest Hemingway? What say you?
The old man and the sea fetched Pulitzer award for Hemingway in 1953. And this novel was cited when he got the Nobel prize for literature in 1954. However, this novel got mixed reviews from the critics. What do you think? Is it the best novel of him. If not, then which one is his signature work?
I read "The Old Man and The Sea" in school. No book (other than Lord of the Flies) has affected me as profoundly as this one did. I remember it as if I read it yesterday.
Not only is it his best work, I believe it is in the top 10 of best books ever written.
Without question, "The Old Man and the Sea" is Hemingway's masterpiece. It is the epitomony of his classic style of minimalist style of writing. Hemingway always stated that he wanted to write the way Cezanne painted and infused such in what would come to be known as the "Iceberg Theory" which meant that what he says is only the tip of what he means. "The Old Man and the Sea" is a timeless classic that has in the past, right now in the present, and without a doubt in the future, will be taught and praised for its multi-layered sentiment. It has arguably made him a god among his contemporaries. And it is because of this that Hemingway and his legacy lives on.
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