Best Book of 2010

At the beginning of the year I made as a goal to read 2 books every month of the year.  I wanted to get into a rhythm that didn’t involve computers and t.v.  I wanted to learn more about culture and about the books that shaped society as a whole.

As 2010 came to a close, I am reflecting on what book impacted me the most, and what book will cause me to look back on this year with positive memories.

That book is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

The story begins with this:

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone
eighty-four days now without taking a fish.

Many people in his small Cuban town say he is cursed or unlucky.  The story begins when the old man goes out to sea. He inevitably catches a fish that is unlike any caught before.  The story beautifully depicts the battle between man and beast.  You feel the beauty of the battle, and the worthwhile effort that goes into something worth so much.

This was a story written by a man, and goes straight to the heart of men.  In an age of comfort and ease, we as men so often times forget what it means to be the conqueror or the fighter.  We forget what determination can really cost.  We also forget what seeing something through to the end, no matter the cost, can feel like.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you add this to the top of your reading list for 2011.  I promise you this- you will not be disappointed.

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5 thoughts on “Best Book of 2010

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  2. Palmer,
    I listened to this book today while cleaning out the garage. I was cleaning up all the teacher stuff I took home from my classroom. I guess there is some irony that I was listening to a book about determination while cleaning up the mess from quitting the teaching job….
    But I had to do it, I’ll explain more later.

    • I can respect that!

      I read your blog. I wanted to post a comment, but wasnt able to at that moment. I think, from what I read, you made the best decision available to you. Trust your instinct. You’re a good judge of right and wrong.

      While I was reading your blog, though, one thought repeated over and over: SKYPE!! Let’s talk soon.

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