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The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway

The old man and the sea (1952)

by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

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A "classic" perhaps because the simplicity of the story leaves so much room for interpretation. A great struggle, a great death and an enormous amount of disrespect for the loser. If the point isn't to win or lose but to struggle, then we've all achieved. ( )
  Sovranty | Sep 13, 2015 |
Required reading in high school. I thought this was great. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Note to self: sharks are dicks ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
Quando Hemingway escreveu este romance, não era mais o escritor de 30 anos antes. Seu talento estava em declínio, produzira mais livros ruins do que bons. Mas de alguma forma conseguiu sua obra-prima final. A história é uma das mais simples, sobre um homem simples, com idéias simples, uma vida simples, uma interação elementar com o mundo natural. Santiago pesca uma enorme enguia e luta, sem êxito, para levá-la até o mercado. É um conto de sucesso via fracasso, de estoicismo via calma e coragem, de recusa a ceder ante os desafios que o mundo põe. Acima de tudo, é uma história de coragem, sem dúvida, uma re-elaboração do esplêndido conto anterior de Hemingway, The Undefeated. O Nobel de Literatura costuma ser dado a alguém pelo conjunto da obra, mas é bem possível que, sem este livro, Hemingway não o tivesse ganhado. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
reading the book was like i was reading my school English literature books...its a simple story with few characters, an old fisherman being the main protagonist...
its a book about hope, positive attitude, resilience and enduring faith in oneself...loved the chemistry between the old fisherman and d boy and also the fisherman talking to himself "get clear, head" "don't get crammed,hand"...
it tells us how an old man after a long streak of bad luck, finally got lucky and den saw his luck turning again to unlucky in front of his eyes and yet he sustained...
its a book about HOPE and FAITH ( )
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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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Ernest Hemingwayprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
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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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