Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.
About the Author
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in 1919, only to return to the battlefield - this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war - in 1922. Resigning from journalism to focus on his writing instead, he moved to Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with fellow American expatriates such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Through the years, Hemingway travelled widely and wrote avidly, becoming an internationally recognized literary master of his craft. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
Regarded by many as the simplest and greatest story he ever wrote - from the Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell to Arms
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"It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many" -- Anthony Burgess "The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently." Sunday Times
I thought that this was one of the most moving, beautiful tales that I have ever read. A real triumph of the human spirit. The imagery was incredibly beautiful. I was fascinated with Hemingway's use of colour and light in his descriptions. It is testimony to how well written the novella is that a few days in the life of an old fisherman could be so gripping. I couldn't put this book down and am now keen to read more of Hemingway's work.
What an incredible story. I read this in less than two hours (it is a novella) and upon completing this simple story, I had a incredibly overwhelming satisfaction toward the ferocity of the human spirit. Yes, this book is all story but the main idea is all spirit. Those that can't see the incredible battle within are not READING the story, just the words. As a simple by-product, this book led directly to Ernest Hemingway's receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954.
This story features three main characters: the old man (Santiago), a young boy (Manolin), and the human spirit. Santiago takes on the once-in-a-lifetime catch of a prize marlin which is described and portrayed in a manner to draw out the challenge facing each individual, both physically and emotionally. Santiago hasn't had a catch in 84 days. On day 85, he decides that, no matter what, he'll not return with a catch. Indeed, that was his fate. Santiago experiences physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain, and the pain of being alone with the elements. Yet, he continues on, creating hope where there is none. Before this story reaches it conclusion, getting right with life, Santiago decides it is he or the marlin.
This story is incredible. It deserves(d) all the critical acclaim received. Once again, those who didn't find this story touching their soul didn't read the story
Hemingway wrote this novel towards the end of his life. A simple story about the struggle between an old man and a big fish, it has yet proved to be one of the greatest stories ever told and scooped the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 shortly after the its publication. Running throughout this little novel is an uncompromising assertion of human dignity, a glorification of mankind.
A true classic. Hemingway's prose isn't prolix, but it's powerful. Like an artist who can render a beautiful picture with a single line, through this simple but heartfelt story Hemingway speaks volumes on the human condition. The Old Man, hooking a beautiful and powerful Marlin, strives to keep up with it physically, and strives against himself spiritually and psychologically. This book will make a Hemingway lover out of you if anything will.
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