The Old Man and the Sea
At one point, Auschlander, in describing his vacation to Westphall, describes his adventures in fishing. The Old Man and the Sea (1952) was a novel written by Ernest Hemingway about an elderly man who struggles for days to catch a giant marlin. He feverishly works to fend off predators and laboriously rows his way back home, only to find his prize devoured by sharks before he reaches the shore. Hemingway based the main character on a real life elderly man who, like Auschlander, was dealing with cancer.