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Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics) (original 1952; edition 1996)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
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The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

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I understand that this short book about an elderly fisherman's hunt for marlin is considered great literature and apparently showcases human triumph (or something of that nature), but I struggled to see what exactly was so spectacular about it. I will admit my appreciation for Hemingway's writing, especially his simple sentences, but inspiring language - but I still cannot quite see why this book is so highly regarded. Clearly I am not a professional critic of literature! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 27, 2017 |
This story has always inspired me because it is a tale of one man's struggle to survive, about his perseverance in his fight with the big fish. A wonderful metaphor for life. ( )
  DavidFerrers | Mar 10, 2017 |
A rather monotonous book since the plot is really about an old man, a big fish and the sea. But its greatness is in eliciting a sadness from you at its denouement. ( )
  siok | Feb 11, 2017 |
I thought of my childhood best friends, Paul and Randy, while reading this book--the importance of the hunt with the respect of the hunted. I loved the 'don't give up spirit' portrayed. The respect the boy had for the old man. And that everyone knew what the old man had endured and accomplished. ( )
  jack2410 | Feb 2, 2017 |
This is on the surface a One-With-Nature outdoor person's dream, or old time fisherman porn. I was like wow that's really neat. I can see the beauty of it.
But then, I starting thinking it's about death, old age. I think the old man was fighting to stove off death, for his way of life symbolically while actually doing it.
Pretty cool in my opinion. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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The Old Man and the Sea has almost none of the old Hemingway truculence, the hard-guy sentimentality that sometimes gives even his most devoted admirers twinges of discomfort. As a story, it is clean and straight. Those who admire craftsmanship will be right in calling it a masterpiece... it is a poem of action, praising a brave man, a magnificent fish and the sea, with perhaps a new underlying reverence for the Creator of such wonders.
added by jjlong | editTime (Sep 8, 1952)
 
It is a tale superbly told and in the telling Ernest Hemingway uses all the craft his hard, disciplined trying over so many years has given him.
 
Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ernest Hemingwayprimary authorall editionscalculated
Heston, CharltonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marantonio, UgoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moehlenkamp, KevinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petrov, AlexandreCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano, FernandaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sickles, NoëlIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veegens-Latorf, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werumeus Buning, J.W.F.Prefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
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Old man goes fishing
Out for many days and nights
Returns with nothing

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684801221, Paperback)

Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards"). A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favorite motifs of physical and moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old and infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author's later work: "The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords." Hemingway's style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame:
Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.
If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator: "The old man was dreaming about the lions." Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus

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Hemingway's triumphant yet tragic story of an old Cuban fisherman and his relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream combines the simplicity of a fable, the significance of a parable, and the drama of an epic.

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