A Big Battle For A Little Boy

A six-year-old is caught between two countries. Where does he belong?

He was crying in the boat when the fishermen picked him up, half crazy from his loss, and the sharks were still circling the boat. --Ernest Hemingway, On the Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter, 1936

It is maybe the oldest story we know about the waters off Cuba, and certainly the most familiar. A man fighting the sea and wresting from it a great victory: his honor. But Hemingway's old man had 80 years to prepare for his high-seas battle.

So there was something peculiarly awful about watching a parallel story of water, fate and power play itself out mercilessly...

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