Gripping! Hemingway exhibits his narrative mastery in this novella that feels racy even though for much of the time the action is only inside the protagonist's head. We learn about Santiago in small flashes amidst all the action, and learn to admire this truly remarkable lead character for, among other things, his grit, determination and simplicity. After a long time, a book that I've read almost all in one sitting! I'll need to read a second time to know for sure, but I think this book makes it to my all-time favorites list.