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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
Info:Scribner (1996), Hardcover, 96 pages
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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

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A classic. Simple storyline yet with profound depth speaking of the passage of life the desperation of poverty the nobility of spirit and of loyalty courage and virtues. I am an ardent Hemingway fan and although I have heard people criticize this I found it an enjoyable read, an enjoyable experience. So much so I read it straight through in a single sitting. ( )
  Phoenixangelfire | Apr 6, 2014 |
This book was lyrical. Just like classic Hemingway -- there's a lot of the Old Man talking to himself, talking to the fish, just talking talking...

Overall enjoyable. Take the time. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
When I started reading this book, I did not understand why anyone would read it. It was dull, slow, and dreadfully unimaginative. It wasn't until roughly 30 pages until the end that it hit me. At that point, I got it. I understood why Hemingway wrote the book and so many people enjoy it. Give it until the end, it is a short read. The beginning is difficult to get through, but it can be worth it. ( )
  alb2219 | Mar 16, 2014 |
This sea story, is all about overcoming great hardship and pain and of fighting against almost impossible odds.

Santiago is well past his prime years, but although his body is crippled and broken, he endures. What keeps him going is his love of the simple pleasures such as baseball, and the great DiMagio who he empathises with due to his own handicap, especially when fighting against his nemesis of the deep oceans with an agonising hand injury which the old man compares to the bone spur suffered by his hero.

Having read some negative reviews specifically concerning the perceived 'depressing' ending; I anticipated Santiago being killed by the sharks on his way home; so, I was surprised that the ending was so positive in comparison.

I found this whole story uplifting in a way, even after everything Santiago suffers it remains a story of hope, overcoming great adversity and of love and friendship.

A fine story. ( )
  Sylak | Mar 8, 2014 |
sad story , good literature !

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

the cover is like what I imagined !
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  Soplada | Feb 27, 2014 |
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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.
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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 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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Four Novels {Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man ..., Sun Also Rises} by Ernest Hemingway

ROMANZI by Ernest Hemingway

The Novels Of Ernest Hemingway . by Ernest Hemingway

Five Novels: The Sun Also Rises / A Farewell to Arms / To Have and Have Not / The Old Man and the Sea / For Whom the Bell Tolls (FOLIO SOCIETY) by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises / A Farewell to Arms / The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Snows of Kilimanjaro / Fiesta / The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber / Across the River and into the Trees / The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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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


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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