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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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I am kind of torn between 3 and 4 stars here. Of course, it's is a well-known classic, which means that once I finally read it I was left thinking, "So what's so special about it?" It's a good story about resilience/stubbornness. There is some nice symbolism in the old man's struggle that makes for some interesting analysis. I just didn't particularly care about the character. And the writing is very streamlined, so there's not much to love about that. I don't know, 3.5? At least Hemingway had the decency not to drag this out as a full-length novel, but I still think it would have been much better and more impactful as a shorter work. Yeah, 3 stars. ( )
  JosephVanBuren | May 17, 2022 |
A short story about a fisherman off the coast of Cuba named Santiago. He goes out one day after a long dry spell and catches a large fish that drags him further from shore. Over five days, Santiago battles with the fish until is finally succumbs and he lashes it to the side of his boat. On the way back to his village, sharks attack and destroy the fish. Upon return, he has barely anything left to show for his efforts. He goes back to his hovel and leaves the skeleton. Though the others marvel at it, the story ends simply with Santiago sleeping under the watchful eye of the young Manolin who had once fished with him and vows to go with him again.

There are many themes in this but none are more clear that the allegories to Christianity. Santiago is a fisherman - like Christ. The name Santiago means 'supplanter' and in Hebrew and Spanish are meant to invoke Saint James. Santiago receives bloody palm wounds reminiscent of the stigmata and he carries the mast of his ship over his shoulder as Christ carried a cross in the biblical stories.

This is a very short story and could be read in a single day.

**All thoughts and opinions are my own.** ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Apr 30, 2022 |
Well, that's how it's done people. That is how you write a story. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
I liked the story. I do not care for Hemingway's simple unadorned style. I feel a great deal of imagery and meaning were left on the cutting room floor. It was a good story, however, but nothing more. ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
This was gripping and moving at times, the depiction of the sea and fishing vivid and believable. What I liked less was the dialogue, which consistently felt forced and dripping with meaning.
Plus he eats a dolphin. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
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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
Ernest Hemingwayprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dutourd, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heston, CharltonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horschitz-Horst, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary 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
Sutherland, DonaldNarratorsecondary 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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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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