The old man and the sea, from novel to graphic novel – Review
The old man and the sea is one of those titles that doesn't need presentation. Hard to find a story of the sea and fatigue that knows how to strike the reader with such intensity, but it is not surprising, considering that the author is Ernest Hemingway. Appeared for the first time in 1952 by Life magazine, this novel earned its author a Pulitzer prize and a Nobel prize.
I have read several times that novel, and each has left me with a something new, a taste of the salty air, and fatigue, which are the real engine of the whole affair. The old man and the sea is a story from the ancient spirit and at the same time, immortal, which features one of the topoi of narrative the most fascinating: man against nature.
It must have been this deep characterization of the history of the old Santiago and the young man Manolin has to push the French author Thierry Murat to transform the story of Hemingway in a gorgeous graphic novel.
The risk of a similar trial was to miss the narrative strength that is typical of Hemingway. The old man and the sea for Hemingway, it was the chance to not only tell a story so powerful, but also to leverage their passion for fishing and his knowledge of Cuba and its population.
Inside a novel, an accomplished storyteller as Hemingway was able to insert unique scenes that remain imprinted in the memory of a player. But can a graphic novel be able to repeat this incredible bond of empathy?Seeing the work of Murat, there are no doubts: yes, absolutely.
Thierry Murat, right from the first page of the volume manages to bring us into the Cuba of the ’50s, and this is done mainly with a coloring magnificent.
The stretch of Murat is deliberately simple, but has a refined simplicity, because the author wants the reader to distract from the details in the surface, or lose in the drawing. The secret of The old man and the sea, both in the dimension of literature that, in this variant fumettisitica is to know how to convey an adventurous spirit and incredibly human, with no frills, but reducing everything to the soul of history itself.
Individually, the drawings of Murat can seem almost childish, but when you consider the table as a whole, we find that intensity to the narrative that envelops the reader. The play of shadows on the face of Santiago, the picturesque settings at night are a fascinating journey in this story immortal.
But I have to confess that I was amazed to see the superb job in recreating the nuances of the sunsets cubans on the sea, or the ability of the author in making the best out of the darkness of the night, leaving however a look on the difficult condition of the old fisherman.
Particularly helpful in the captions and the dialogues, these last incredibly inspired, especially in the difficult fishing of Santiago. The relationship almost of empathy that develops between the man and the fish, between hunter and prey, which has a fiercely poetic, a crossing of fates, which brings us back to a more wild, if you will, of our soul.
Santiago becomes, through this slow, a man who remains deeply attached to its fate and to its way of understanding life, able to bear the rumors of a small country and at the same time to impose himself on a road that is made of obstinacy and revenge. But not in the eyes of others, only for himself.
Murat has been able to impress upon his work the spirit of the original de The old man and the sea, making justice to the figure of Santiago, making the most of every element of the narrative at its disposal. The excellent performance of Murat echoes the charism of the work of Hemingway, who could both be summarized in a sentence that the young Manolin reveals, with a wisdom unusual for a boy, the american, which tells the adventure of Santiago
“It is not a story, mr Hemingway. Is the life...”
Mondadori chooses, rightly, to enrich his already rich offer of the graphic novel with this adaptation of The old man and the sea. Oscar Ink, the necklace of the brand dedicated to the comic strip author, is a reality recently, but has already shown to know to best manage the presence of productions of established authors, as The Stories of a future imperfect, Alfonso Font, to the most recent suggestions of the coolest views in Shangri-la, Bablet.
The old man and the sea by Thierry Murat could not have had a better location, both for the good packaging of the volume is that the content of the productions with which it shares the necklace.