The Waiter and the Fisherman: And Other Essays in Literature and Culture
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170pp. January 2009
The Waiter and the Fisherman: And Other Essays in Literature and Culture
Author: Bernad, Miguel A.;
"Three decades after his first stories were published, a quarter of a century after his novel, Hemingway in his old age writes of 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." On the eighty-fifth day he goes farther out to sea than before, and then for three days and nights he battles mightily with a mighty fish. It is a monster fish, eighteen feet long, great, beautiful, indomitable, but it is finally conquered by the equally indomitable spirit of a weakening old man. . . .

"It is true that the story ends on a despondent note: the old man has lost not only his fish but even the glory of his achievement. Some tourists come and in their abysmal ignorance dismiss the enormous skeleton as that of a shark! But the old man is unaffected by the inane remarks of ignorant tourists. He is asleep and he is dreaming of lions."
Distributed for Ateneo de Manila University Press

Author: Bernad, Miguel A.;
Miguel A. Bernad, S. J., was for many years a professor of literature at both the Ateneo de Manila and Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro. He served for a time as a visiting professor of Literature at the National Taiwan University and at the Tamkang College of Arts and Sciences, Taipei. His book Bamboo and the Greenwood Tree (1961) and his public lecture at Yale on "Philippine Literature, a Twofold Renaissance" (1962) were pioneering efforts of Philippine literary criticism. He has been a member of the Manila Critics Circle and has been elected member of the Philippine Academy of the Spanish Language. He has a degree in theology (STL, Woodstock, Maryland) and a Ph.D. (Yale University), and has been awarded an honorary doctorate in the humanities by four universities.



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