Old Man and the Sea

Old Man and the Sea

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Told in language of great simplicity and power, this story of courage and personal triumph remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most enduring works.

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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1952,98
ISBN: 9780684801223
0684801221
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Hem
Characteristics: 127p

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evienneau
Apr 01, 2018

I read this book cover to cover in one evening. Such a beautiful story. I love finding books that remind me why I love to read

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arunothia
Mar 27, 2018

Such a beautiful writing this one is ❤️ I recommend it to all!

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book That Has Won A Pulitzer Prize Any Year" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, it was simple yet gripping, and I was sucked right in to the man's trials.

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mrnaghash
Nov 21, 2017

Just a heads up. This translated version is really bad. I left this half-way since rhe translation was not clear at all.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

I read this book when I was really young. Honestly speaking I could not understand the real purpose of writing this story because it seemed a little bit boring for me. The story was about an old man who made his living from fishing, and he went to sea in a cold, storming winter night. He got a big fish after hard work, however, a few sharks wanted that fish as his food as well. Those sharks began trying to get every bit of meat off the fish. After a few days spent on the sea, the old man lost almost all meat off the fish. He was so angry that he finally beat the sharks. In my opinion, the author wrote this story to encourage people to fight against the evil force. Generally speaking, it did work for me. The old man never gave up although there were so many sharks and he knew he could not really keep his fish from them. I would give a 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Afzal_
Jul 25, 2017

The Old Man and the Sea is a great introduction for those wanting to explore the unique style of Hemingway's works, concise/ straight to the point. The book is not lenghty at all and explores very relatable, universal human struggles through the focus of on an elder fisherman, and because of that I would recommend to any age group.

Hemingway writes a classic fable illustrating the characteristics of manhood. He draws vivid pictures of abstract traits such as willpower and responsibility while pondering man’s place within nature even as he seeks, at times, to dominate it. Ultimately our greatest struggle is our final one.

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Jamaka_88
Aug 18, 2016

An easy read for a classic and not like Life of Pi or other water survival stories-this is more about the fisherman and the fish he catches...how he feels about it and how sad he is about it by the end.

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Angelica_7
Aug 04, 2016

This book is an old(but not very old book) in China. I read it in Chinese and English.I Like this book. because it have a lot of feelings in it, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. This book also did not really( happy but not very very happy, sad but not very very very sad.) I like this book have another reason : this book's setting, characters, everyday's whether is amazing too.

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britprincess1ajax
May 28, 2016

Ernest Hemingway published his novella THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA in 1952, but it still reads well today, owing to that terse style that won him many a prestigious award. I'm not a big fan of fishing and that kind of lifestyle, so reading this one was a bit of a trudge. However, the book was short, so I'd be damned if I wasn't going to see it through. Which is kind of the point of THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. Thematically and symbolically, the book is a goldmine. First, it deals with life as an endurance test, overcoming obstacles. (DiMaggio's bone spur, anyone?) If you don't catch a fish for months, the other fisherman deem you too old to be in the game any longer. But the human spirit can defy these declarations. He is not just the "old man," but rather the great fisherman and arm-wrestling champion Santiago, and he aims to conquer the age discrimination against him by capturing a truly great fish in the sea. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA also describes the loneliness endured in this quest for survival, not just physical survival but the survival of one's dignity in the face of these judgments. Above all, though, perseverance is king, and Hemingway expertly demonstrates that, if at first you don't succeed, try again. You are never too old to do so. So, while I didn't like the book all that much, its brevity was a plus, and it can be interpreted widely and greatly. I wouldn't recommend it, but if any of the above interests you, then maybe it's the book for you.

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siammarino Apr 24, 2016

an incredibly courageous old man hooks a swordfish while fishing alone, but must battle sharks all the way home. There is little left of the fish by the time arrives exhausted and dehydrated, but at least his young friend is there to comfort him.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

An old Cuban fisherman faces the battle of his life when he goes against a fantastic marlin.

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black_eagle_400
Oct 01, 2016

"'But a man is not made for defeat', he said. 'A man can be destroyed but not defeated.'"

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