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Why is the Old Man and the Sea such a good book? I have to do a review on it and I usually like classic books, but I didn't really like this one. Can someone please explain to me what other people like about this book? Thanks!

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    Although I didn't like the book either, it certainly is well-written. You may get some ideas about why it's a classic by reading about the themes that Hemingway explores.

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    Yeah, I read all of that. I still don't quite get the point of the book.

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    I have to admit, I didn't think much of it either, I considered it a minor work compared to the For Whom the Bells Toll. However, many will disagree with me.

    Read Weinmeir's critism here:

    I do see the man religion elevated from the prior works to a peak here. But to me, a work should stand on its own. Again, others will disagree.

    Perhaps you are female...this is most definately a man book, if you are a man into worshiping man.

    Others like the realism (I didn't) Many see literary critism of Christ in Man (I didn't). Maybe someone who read and like the book will comment.

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    Yes, I am female. And I don't like fishing, but I do like nature.

    I don't understand the symbolism of Christ's crucifixion. How can a fishing trip be worthy enough to stand for Christ's crucifixion?

    I really don't understand much of what Waldmeir is saying. I haven't read any other books by Hemingway.

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    see the commentary here, done most well.

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    Thanks, that helped a little. I'm beginning to see that this story seems to be a lot about how life is cyclic and how life leads to death and death leads to new life, something like that.

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