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Book Review: The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great story of struggle, patience and hope. It hooks the readers to the story; the characters and setting come alive in reader's mind as if they were real. Only drawback this book comprises is that it's a tad complex read for those who are not familiar to the tools and terms of fishing. I struggled a bit to have a smooth ride. Other than that, it is a fantastic read. Everyone should go through this book at least once in their lifetime.

Spoiler Alert: ( Following paragraphs contains the summary of the book):

Hemingway's last piece of fiction, 'The Old Man and the Sea' is about an old fishermen who goes 84 days without catching a fish. Abandoned by his young apprentice, Manolin (due to his parents' pressure), Santiago goes distant in search of fish. After a great deal of patience, he finally manages to have his bait on Marlin, a big beautiful fish. He struggles to keep hold of Marlin fo…

सपना

बालापनको सपनाको भित्तो च्याती
जब बाहिरिन्छ ऊ,
पछाडि फर्केर एक थोपा आँसु झार्दैन |
ती सपनाहरु मरेका
कैयन दिन भइसके |
केवल तिनका अस्थिपन्जरले
उसलाई तर्साइरहेथ्यो;
आज ऊ,
आफ्नै 'मिठा' सपनाको संसारबाट
'उम्केर' निराश छैन |

हरेक रात बाँच्न नसकेका  सपनाहरु
न्याय माग्न उसका निन्द्रा बिथोल्छन्;
अब अर्को सपना बुन्न
उसको आत्मबल हारिसक्यो |
त्यहि पनि केहि आशा बटुली
केहि 'तरल' सपना मुठ्ठीमा कसी
भाग्य बनाउन खोज्छ ऊ |
संघर्षको हिँडाई धेरै वर्ष हिँडेपछी
हत्केला खोलेर हेर्दा -
सपना, औंलाको कापबाट चुहिएको बर्सौं भएछ |
सपनासँगै अलप हुन्छ उसका उमेर अनि रहर |
पर क्षितिजमा डुब्न लागेको घाम हेर्दै गर्दा,
उसका बुढो आँखाले धमिलो दृष्य देख्छ
आफ्ना बचेका सपनाहरुले डाँडा काट्दै गरेको |
त्यस बखत,
खुब माया लागेर आउँछ उसलाई,
उसका अपूर्ण स्वप्नहरुको |