Saturday, February 25, 2006
'The Old man and the Sea'
Gregorio Fuentes, the Captain who commandered Ernest Hemingway's boat Pilar, sits in his favorite restaurant in Cojimar, Cuba, smoking a cigar on his 95th birthday. Fuentes, a Cuban fisherman was the inspiration for the book, The Old man and the Sea, which won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1952. Hemingway describes Fuentes: 'Everything about him was old, except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea'. Fuentes died in 2002, at the age of 104.
I came upon Fuentes by coincidence at the sea-side restaurant in Cojimar, Cuba, in 1994. I have the picture of the cake with candles, but this one is better. His eyes are more expressive 'like the colour of the sea'.