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The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway
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The old man and the sea (original 1952; edition 1996)

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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Title:The old man and the sea
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:New York : Scribner, [1996]
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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Author) (1952)

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Futility and existence is wrapped in this marvel of a book, that uses its simplicity and Hemingway's sublime storytelling to bring out a powerful message about humanity. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
"A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

Santiago's struggle with the great marlin is meant to mirror the struggles of man throughout life, when achieving dreams, when conquering the unfathomable expanse of the ocean, the world, the universe and have nothing to compare it to except our tiniest and humblest existence.

His failure and subsequent persistence to dream, to live, to try again is both admirable and frustrating. While his ambition is inspiring, the tragic and meaningless bloodshed that trails the footsteps of said ambition is disheartening and rage-inducing.

Such is the heart of man. ( )
  avery_appleseed | Aug 15, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
The Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime.
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  Shiseida.Aponte | Aug 7, 2020 |
Enhanced Edition
Review of the Scribner Hemingway Library hardcover edition (2020) of the 1952 original

The Old Man and the Sea is the 6th volume of the ongoing Hemingway Library Edition of reissues which is being edited by the author's grandson Seán Hemingway. The edition includes the original texts with appendices of related articles and excerpts of previously unpublished early drafts and revisions where they are available. It would be the 7th volume if you include A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition (1964/2009), which was also edited by Seán, but which didn't have the same branding at the time of release. ( )
  alanteder | Jul 28, 2020 |
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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
Hemingway, ErnestAuthorprimary authorall 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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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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