What You’ll Love about… The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Matthew Thiele
2 min readMar 3, 2022
Winslow Homer, “The Gulf Stream.” Public domain courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ernest Hemingway gets a bad rap as a macho dirtbag, but his writing can be remarkably sensitive and humane, and even when it’s recounting brutality, it conveys a sense of waste and shame about that brutality that can be redemptive. The Old Man and the Sea seems to suggest that people would be better off minding their own business and leaving the innocent critters of the…

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Matthew Thiele

Independent scholar and satirist. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and other fine publications.