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The Old Man and the Sea (Vintage Classics) (original 1952; edition 1999)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:The Old Man and the Sea (Vintage Classics)
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:Vintage Classics (1999), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 112 pages
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The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

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an old man goes out to sea to fish. Gets a huge fish which drags him all over the sea. Subdues it and begins his trek home. Sharks eat all of the meat on the fish.
Hemingway blew his head off with a shotgun. After reading this, I'm not surprised. What a complete waste. Not terrible or something that made me hate it, but so pointless. As was the author's life. Glad to have read one book by him though. Now I KNOW to avoid any others. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A classic. If you haven't read it, what is wrong with you? ( )
  TDWolsey | Dec 8, 2016 |
Update 4/16/09: I didn't get to this one either. I'd started reading another book instead.. maybe over the summer...





Another one of my son's assigned books for his Lit class w/me. He says he liked this book, ('a LOT more than The Red Badge of Courage', he says). I just strted this. The setting and topic don't draw me in, as I'm not a gal who likes to read about seafaring experiences at all.. perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised though.
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
As straightforward a man-versus-nature plot as they come, this novel pits an old fisherman against a rather large fish and other travails of the ocean. Discovering the size of his opponent, he doubles down on stubborn and the real battle begins. There's little more to the plot, more a study of Hemingway's unique, spare style aimed squarely at showing events responsible for feelings rather than conveying the feelings themselves. Santiago uses age (i.e. old age), skill and experience equally to achieve success as well as to acknowledge defeat. His work requires strength, fortitude, endurance - not to mention a high pain tolerance and a taste for raw fish. It does not matter whether he returns with a catch - witness his eighty-plus days without one, and yet he returns to the sea because that is who he is and what he does. It is a novel as much about identity as about facing mortality, about being the best at who we are and finding life's meaning through remaining true to that self-image. ( )
  Cecrow | Nov 10, 2016 |
Hated it! Another one I read in school. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
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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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