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'.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the expresion of his face. Also because reminds me a very important person that was part of my childhood and took care of me, who was cuban.