This book is the perfect personification of Hemingway’s talent. In this story, he’s reporting to us an example of luck lack. He’s confirming that even tough you realize wonders people could just step near of your work and ignore it. Santiago, the old Cuban fisherman who’s unappreciated by all his acquaintances, will be the actor of a drama. Supported by no body but Manolin the young fisher who saw in Santiago his master, he’s known in its town as the unlucky fisherman. Failure after failure, he decided to put to sea in search of his prey. Riding his skiff, he drowned his bad luck in the hundreds of waves which were crumbling his boat. But hope seems to reborn when he saw a huge marlin running in by his side. He was almost 18 feet long. After struggling for a long time he caught, with his killing spear, the monster which seems bigger and stronger than his frail craft. Here begins his nightmare. The entire road along, fishes and sharks were biting into the prey. As stronger as he could he defended his marlin but in vain. From 18 feet of meet, all remained was a head and a tail.
Santiago reaches the shore in the early morning, when nobody was awake.
As well as he could, he pulls the skiff up onto the beach, made the boat fast to a rock and then carried the broken mast to his shake. His hands were bleeding, his chest seems injured. Sometimes after Manolin came, as he done every morning since the old man put to sea, to the shake to make some order in it. Once he’s seen Santiago, he cried the miserable condition of his master. He brought him some café, a new wear and listened to the painful adventure of Santiago. At its last he accepted to take the killing lance offered by his mentor, and insisted in fishing with the old man, in spite of the denial of the last one. “I have too many things to learn with you” these were the words of Manolin. Pedrico, a friend of them, took care of the skiff, and get the head of the marlin. The rest of the beast was madden as fish traps. Then by this way the life of the old man had at least one fact of proud: the 18feet marlin.