A CLASSIC novel has been given a warning about its “graphic” fishing scenes.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway tells the story of an old angler’s struggle to land a glass shark and his battle with a shark that is eating it.
The 1952 Pulitzer Prize-winning TV and film adaptation was awarded U and PG certifications.
But the University of the Highlands and Islands based in Inverness, Scotland – an area known for its fishing – has issued a “content warning”.
Students can skip the book if they think it will upset them.
Mary Dearborn, author of Ernest Hemingway, A Biography, said: “This is complete nonsense. It blew my mind.
“The world is a violent place and pretending otherwise would be counterproductive. Much of the violence in the story originates in the natural world. That’s the law of nature.”
Professor Jeremy Black, at the University of Exeter, added: “Many great works have included references to fishing, whaling or hunting. Is the university seriously suggesting that all these documents be alarmed? “
The university also flagged Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein alongside Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
It says: “The warning is there to allow students to make informed choices.
“Our students interact extensively with the classics at all levels of the degree.”
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