The Dialogue Society Book Group – Meeting 46: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Free to Attend


In this session of the Dialogue Society Book Group, we will explore The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway on Tuesday, 16th May 2023.


Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed Hemingway’s power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize

The story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman Santiago and his life’s greatest catch of fish. Santiago is an aged Cuban fisherman. For eighty-four days, he has set out to sea but every time returned empty-handed. So, his fisherman society treats him as unlucky. Also, his young, devoted apprentice and friend, Manolin, was forced by his parents to leave the old man in order to fish in a more prosperous boat.

Listed at number 173 on the BBC’s The Big Read poll of the UK’s 200 “best-loved novels” in 2003

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting.

We will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.