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The Old Man and The Sea (1952)

by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal--a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature.… (more)
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It's been a few years and I was afraid this book wouldn't hold up. Fortunately, I was wrong.

I love the focus on the details, the simplicity, the old man as a character and the way this book makes me feel hopeful and sad at the same time.

There is so much to take away from this story.

Life can be hard and also good.

"He took all his pain and what was left of his strength and his long-gone pride and he put it against the fish's agony." ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
I think this is the best thing Hemingway wrote. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
What was the point of this book??? ( )
  Rachel_Cucinella | Apr 24, 2021 |
3.5

The toughest part about this book is that fact that there are no chapters. I love message of the book, about luck and human dedication and being humble and satisfied with what life hand you. It was lovely. I wish there had been some other characters in the book, it really was just the old man and the sea. Frankly there's not much in this book, so that's really all I have. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 23, 2021 |
Wow!!!
The Old Man and the Sea, there's no better title for it.
To lose his greatest find and keep his spirit up all through the attacks, it is incredible, I am glad that there was proof of it.
Otherwise, he would have thought it a dream if all the pain heals. ( )
  Ibrahim_Obalola | Apr 15, 2021 |
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“the drone of the pastiche parable, wordy and sentimental”
 
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
Hemingway, Ernestprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dutourd, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heston, CharltonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaworski, PhilippeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, SinclairIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marantonio, UgoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moehlenkamp, KevinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oeser, Hans-ChristianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petrov, AlexandreCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano, FernandaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sickles, NoëlIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tainio, TaunoTranslatorsecondary 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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The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal--a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature.

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Leather Bound, Collector's Edition

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Dopo ottantaquattro giorni durante i quali non è riuscito a pescare nulla, il vecchio Santiago trova la forza di riprendere il mare: questa nuova battuta di pesca rinnova il suo apprendistato di pescatore e sigilla la sua simbolica iniziazione. Nella disperata caccia a un enorme pesce spada dei Caraibi. nella lotta quasi a mani nude contro gli squali che un pezzo alla volta gli strappano la preda, lasciandogli solo il simbolo della vittoria e della maledizione finalmente sconfitta. Santiago stabilisce, forse per la prima volta, una vera fratellanza con le forze incontenibili della natura. E, soprattutto, trova dentro di sé il segno e la presenza del proprio coraggio, la giustificazione di tutta una vita.
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Old man goes fishing
Out for many days and nights
Returns with nothing

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