**May Book of the Month**
I’m going to keep this review directly proportional to the size of this book. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is wonderful, brilliant, moving, profound, riveting and noble. It’s 100 pages of beautiful, robust writing, where every word counts.
From reading an epic like War and Peace (still ongoing) this was a revelation as an exercise in how to convey so much emotion and meaning with so very few words.
I’ve read it five times, and it never loses any of it’s charm or magic. Hemingway has written some amazing novels; full of powerful, hardy and noble characters, but none for me come close to Santiago the fisherman and his struggle against nature in this lyrical and poetic little book.
I’ll say no more. Read this book. If I gave ratings on this site, then this would be a ten out of ten.
(I know it’s only half way through May, but I know this is the winner, and a front runner for Read of the Year)