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Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Old Man And The Sea (original 1952; edition 1996)

by Ernest Hemingway

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Title:Old Man And The Sea
Authors:Ernest Hemingway
Info:Scribner (1996), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover
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The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Author) (1952)

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Tyckte den var rolig. ( )
  litetmonster | Jan 25, 2019 |
I like my Hemingway best when he's writing about bullfights or traipsing around France. Quick read, although I really didn't need so much knowledge about how to lure, kill, and transport a 1,500 lb marlin. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
It's been a while since I've jumped in that small boat with Santiago. As a teen, there are some things you don't appreciate fully. There are books you read in high school that are begging to be reread, through the lens of one who has had more experiences than that of a teen. The Old Man and the Sea is mostly a snapshot of one event, a fight against a fish, a tale of perseverance, wonder, and fortitude. Hemingway is a master at saying a lot with a little, a particular trait that turns off many critics. But this was Hemingway's last thumbprint on the written world, the last book he ever saw published. I think it is personally a perfect bookend to an illustrious career. ( )
  JaredOrlando | Jan 9, 2019 |
La obra más famosa de Hemingway trata sobre un muchacho, un viejo y un pez. Un muchacho dispuesto a crecer deprisa, y un viejo que trata de no resignarse a morir. Un buen día, al salir a faenar, un enorme pez se anida en su anzuelo y se produce una exagerada situación en la que el viejo es arrastrado por su presa gigantesca a través del mar.

La novela, de lectura sencilla y amena, es en realidad un retrato crudo sobre la emigración del viejo desde Lanzarote hasta Cuba, intentando arrastrase dentro de sus escasas posibilidades (por lo que la breve novela no sería más que una metáfora, una crítica encubierta). El 'viejo' es carismático, y el lector en seguida conecta con él, lo que es agradable a la hora de la lectura.

Hemingway es considerado por algunos críticos un escritor demasiado sobrevalorado. Lo cierto es que yo solo he leído tres obras suyas: 'Fiesta', 'Las Nieves del Kilimanjaro' y la que corona esta reseña, y aunque he disfrutado de su lectura, tampoco he considerado que se trate de relatos tan extraordinario cómo cabía esperar de un premio nobel de la literatura. Tal vez es posible que su estilo tan directo, altamente dialogado y poco decorado no encaje demasiado con mis gustos personales.

De todas formas, la lectura de cualquiera de sus trabajos en muy rápida y ágil, ideal para momentos en los que se necesita leer algo con menos concentración. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
*this review contains spoilers*

The fishing theme is very appropriate for this story, as much like the fish, I wasn't overly interested at first, but eventually it hooked me and reeled me in. I was invested enough by the end to feel real anger when the sharks came and attacked the fish. I know something of having all your hard work undone by thoughtless and uncaring individuals, so it certainly smarted a little.

I can see how this would not be for everyone, but for me the beautifully descriptive writing alone makes it worthwhile. ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Nov 20, 2018 |
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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
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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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


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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