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The Old Man & The Sea (original 1952; edition 2007)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:The Old Man & The Sea
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:Heritage Publishers (2007), Paperback, 104 pages
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The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

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A story of perseverance. After 84 days of being unlucky in all his attempts to catch a fish, an old fisherman is taken out to sea by a large marlin. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
This book is far too shallow, but much too deep. I guess a reader has to immerse himself, not just look on the surface of the water, to appreciate it. I like its minimalist approach and simplicity. ( )
  phoibee | Apr 23, 2017 |
In the mold of early Hemingway stories about Man in Nature. Taciturn men huntin' 'n' fishin'. I don't really need to delve into themes and symbolism and hidden meanings. An old Cuban fisherman—he sails out each morning alone, though on land he's assisted by a young boy who'd like to fish with him—sets out, hoping to end his seemingly endless string of catch-free days. The old man is appropriately taciturn, talking more to himself when he's out on the water than to other people when he's home. The prose is archetypal Hemingway. Read it in one sitting.

This book won the Pulitzer Prize that had eluded Hemingway since 1941, when [For Whom the Bell Tolls] was the unanimous selection of the Pulitzer judges. It failed to take the prize, however, because the Columbia University president talked the University trustees, who have the final say, out of the choice; no fiction prize was awarded that year. But in 1953, it was award to this novel. The following year, Hemingway won the Nobel.
  weird_O | Apr 11, 2017 |
I went through a phase where I read a lot of Hemingway which I don't want to talk about any more. All the same I don't think I ever found this very compelling. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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