Lesbian Review of Books | Review #1
The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
Literally an old man at sea. Not one lesbian. The sea is not a metaphor for lesbians. Neither is the fish. The fish is a metaphor for nature, or maybe it’s meant to be an ichthys, but wouldn’t it be better if it were also a lesbian? Oh man, think of all the layers that would add. Or maybe the sea contained lesbian mermaids? So many missed opportunities, and in the end all we get is a lot of Christ imagery and not even a fish.
This book made me shake my head in disappointment—but fond disappointment!—twice and then I stopped. It is not Hemingway’s fault that lesbians are not native to the sea, and it is, after all, Man vs Nature, not Man vs Nature, More Specifically Nature’s Lesbians. Verdict: not enough lesbians.