The Old Man And The Sea, 1952
Hemingway's classic is a touching story about an old fisherman who makes his most extreme trip to the sea. Having been weeks and weeks without a catch the old man finally gets lucky. But it's just a first impression. The catch is huge and it draws the man's boat out to the open sea. He becomes short of food, strenght and will to stay alive. Will he survive and keep the fish that would give him the needed money and back his reputation?
The story goes on in familiar Hemingwayan style: denuded of extraordinary expressions, telling in very realistic and terse way. At first it seems like nothing really happens: the old man is there at the sea and catches the fish of his life. But the reader must go deeper and look into the gaps between the lines. Those tell the most.
Another character is the young boy. He functions as a surface on which the reader can reflect the old man's lonely and so meaningful experience.
Additional notice belongs to Hemingway's careful and accomplished description of Cuban surroundings. The story definately lives and belongs to its milieu.