Sail into the vastness of a blank paper


I might be late to the party, but reading Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea has really opened my mind to the new sights and sounds of a nautical prose. After reading few wayfaring short stories by other notable writers, I prefer Hemingway’s timeless and deceptively simple narrative art.

Hemingway was passionately involved in deep sea fishing and the fable crafts a story set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana.

While reading the book, I wondered…is blank paper to me, what sea is to the old man? It challenges him and tests his resolution, time after time. “The old man knew he was far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean.”

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