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The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

Topics: Cuba, Caribbean, Allegory, Spare, Maritime, Fish, Survival, Fishing, Friendship, Courage, Spirituality , Childhood, Male Author, American Author, Novella, Aging, and Modernism

Published: Scribner on Jul 25, 2002
ISBN: 9780743237307
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I read it 40 years ago and I found it… dated. Well, I was 16 and an idiot. In spite of knowing everything about the book I found myself crying over an old man's loss. Incredible book, superb writing.read more
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The story begins in a little village near the sea. A village lives a few people who depend on catch fish for life. This story main setting is sea. A old man who lives in that village has no food to eat, so he go fishing. He goes to a place very far from village. And then after he catchs the fish D:Maggio he drives his boat from deep sea to coastal waters. At last he comes back to village.read more
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The Old Man and the Sea is truly a classic. Hemingway created a solid character who you start to feel for and understand due to the intricate back story and in-depth Frame of Reference. The only reason for the four star is this commenter's personal preference would have much more action. But it is understood why this story has retained it's masterpiece status for the past few decades and it will stay there for many years to come.read more
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Not Hemingway's finest novel and by many accounts, not really a novel at all. Faulkner praised it because he thought it was the one work where Hemingway attempted to get some religion into his work, in this case, Santiago becoming a modern day Christ figure (stigmata image in the hand etc.). Santiago the fisherman is a man who goes beyond normal fishing boundaries (symbol: a man who takes a risk and is therefore rewarded with experience) to catch a great marlin. The work is short and by this time Hemingway's style is really a parody of Hemingway; still the work itself is enjoyable.read more
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"But man is not made for defeat...A man can be destroyed but not defeated," Hemingway writes in The Old Man in the Sea. Unfortunately the actual ending of the story is somewhat ambiguous on this point, but it is still a powerful and gripping story, and a beautifully written one (despite a couple of awkward sentences and some overwritten ones), and at times quite moving and rousing. Donald Sutherland's narration of this audio edition is well-suited to the material.read more
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I love this book because you can appreciate it on any level you want. On the superficial level, it's an extremely satisfying story of a fisherman wrestling with his greatest catch; delve deeper and it's an allegory for the life of Christ. It's rare to find a book that works on both the literal and symbolic level so nicely.read more
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I read the book " The Old man and the Sea ". The novel description is one year near sixty years of age senior fisherman, when alone goes to sea in one fishing, fished one big fish, actually did not pull. The senior fisherman socialized several days after the fish, only then discovered this was the big marlin which one surpassed the oneself fishing boat several fold, although knew perfectly well very difficult to win, but still did not give up. Afterwards and further because in the big marlin wound fish fishy smell brought in several crowds of shark fish snatches the food, but the old person still did not hope like this to give up, finally highlighted encircles tightly, returned to the big fish belt the fishing port, lets other fishermen not admire already. I extremely admire this senior fisherman, because he by now already projected on some fish, but he had not settled to the present situation, but was approaches the bigger goal advance. Again has a look us, usually meets one slightly is difficult, we all complain incessantly. We will be the motherland future, will be supposed to like this old person same mind lofty aspiration, will even better pursue even better, the bigger goal. I admire old person that kind do not dread, the relentless spirit, although knows the match strength is very strong, but he not slightly flinches, but is welcomes difficultly above. Just because had this kind of spirit, the senior fisherman only then achieved this life and death contest success. senior fisherman fear hard and dangerous diligently did not struggle, we also should like his such, could not satisfy the present situation, should positively to above, do any matter all is relentless, meets difficultly must welcome difficultly above, could give up halfway in no way. Only has this, we only then can obtain a bigger success and the victory.read more
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Hemingway was part of the 'lost generation,' which is the same type as the 'gen x'ers of today, of which I am one. He spoke to his generation as I think he can speak to ours. I think if I were part of another generation, I would have found it gruling. However, since I am part of the same gen type, I found it to sort of describe how we, as a generation, sort of float on, accomplish perhaps a lot, but don't really reap the rewards... that was for the generation before and the next generation to come. We sort of need to succeed for ourselves and, always a wee bit cynical, know that know matter what hurtles we may leap over or sharks we conquer, at the end of the day we are still left with just the skeletal remains of our accomplishments. But hey... at least we have that, right?read more
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Very well written, but I did not like it too much. Though I appreciate the fact that Hemingway is a very good writer, it just didn't appeal to me that much. I thought it was rather slow, and it didn't really draw me in. Then again, I don't really like boats and I don't like fishing, so maybe this just isn't my thing.read more
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Very very profound and well-thought book, especially for such a short novel, the imagery is well-structured, the mood and thoughts it invokes are unique.read more
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Hemingway was always an author I wanted to tackle, so I decided to start "small" and go with The Old Man and the Sea. Overall, I enjoyed this novella and appreciated this story of perseverance and sheer will.The Old Man has not caught a fish in months. Encouraged by The Boy, he decided to go far out into the sea, sure that his luck must soon take a turn for the better. The Old Man was right and snarls an 18-foot marlin. By himself, The Old Man must wait for the marlin to tire out before he can bring the fish to shore. The marlin and the Old Man start a cat-and-mouse game of who's going to last the longest.I was fascinated with the way this story was written - it was mostly a narrative with very little dialogue. Less gifted writers could not have pulled this off, but Hemingway did beautifully.Am I ready for more Hemingway? The Old Man and the Sea has definitely made me more confident. In any case, I am glad to have read this delightful little story.read more
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It's a tiny novel, and could have been a disaster, but it isn't. Instead, it's one of the purest pieces of prose ever constructed - dramatic, moving, tragic, and all written as if every word was a drop of blood.read more
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A classic in every way. This book reads strangely to someone used to modern overdone prose. Hemingway pared his writing to the bone as relentlessly as the sharks pare the marlin. in this novel. A great book.read more
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The old man and the seaErnest Hemingway is the author of the story the old man and the sea. He started as a journalist and than he began to write books. In the United States he’s got the experiences and material for his books. He loved to sail and go fishing, so I think this had a big influence of the book. He wrote about an old fisherman called Santiago and his best and only friend Manolin that lived in Cuba. They often go together fishing until Manolins parents has forbidden. But Manolin still helps the old man with several little things like to bring him food.At the eighty-five day without a catch Santiago goes out far for fishing. He endures a great struggle with a large and noble marlin. But he loses the beautiful fish to the sharks on his way back home. This is the most important part in the book. I think this part shows the best which two main topics the book has. First and for me the most important topic is the cycle of nature. It means that who a start is, is also and end. It tells also that in the hole world, equal human or animal, there is always a predator and a prey. First Santiago is the predator because he caught the marlin and later he is like the prey because his brother the fish is eaten by the sharks. The second important topic is the faith and vision. I suppose to have faith means not to fear the unknown but to believe in the possibilities. One must have faith in God an also in oneself, because God helps those who help themselves. Santiago beliefs that he is be able to catch the big fish so his faith helps him to confirm this difficult mission. But also whit this lost Santiago ends this story whit his unbreakable spirit. The fishermen saw the skeleton of the big marlin and thought “ I have never seen a bigger fish in my life”.In the book the fundamental characters are Santiago, the Marlin and Manolin. Santiago is an old man who has an unbreakable spirit and trust. He is a visionary, he can do thing witch other can’t do only because he has the faith and he can imagine them. He is a very strong man physically and mentally and he has e great will. About his character we all can learn a lot, because he doesn’t cares what the other people think, he goes his own way.The second fundamental person is the Marlin, the big fish in the story. He represents the hope of Santiago. He is born as a fish, like Santiago is born to be a fisherman. For me the behaviour from the fish is very interesting and also linked with the manners of the human because he does give up. Finally there is Manolin, the best friend of Santiago. He is the only person who truly loves the old man and cares about him. I believe Manolin represents Santiago’s immortality. Manolin is the only one that Santiago can pass on his knowledge. For me he is also a symbol of uncompromised love and fidelity.But I believe that in the book there exist many other important messages. One is that the people must have respect for the nature, because we all life together in one world so we are all connected and a part of the cycle of the nature. And this is shown perfectly in the act with the sharks. They show the cycle of the nature in which everything must be killed/ beat by something else. But they also represent the new generation of fishermen who attack the sea and all its creatures. I trust that we all must go through some struggles with as much strength as possible because in our life we have struggles every times.read more
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Hemingway at some of his best. A great story of man's struggle against nature, and eventually himself. It is a book that will move you. Awesome.read more
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This could have been a simple Man v Fish story but in usual Hemingway style it becomes a metaphor for so much more. Santiago is an old man struggling each day to fulfil his place in society, as a fisherman, but has dreams of catching a big one, a winning lottery ticket in today's world. The shark seems to represent life while the young man is lost youth with all those youthful dreams of being lucky and therefore different from the rest but overall the story seems to speak of an unbreakable human spirit who no matter what continues to strive to be the best that they can only for life's vagaries, the sharks, to often thwart us. The ending could have been different but then it would not be real life. I even read somewhere that Santiago with his bleeding hands represents Jesus on the cross but not sure that I can see that one personally.read more
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Santiago is a very old Cuban fisherman, probably past his prime for attempting to haul in a big fish on his own. But alone he is for his young shipmate, Manolin, has been pulled off his skiff to fish with his father. Santiago is determined, after going for 85 days without a catch, to bring in a fish, not just any fish but a righteous large one. He wants to prove to others, as well as himself, that he’s still got it in him. Armed with two bottles of water, an empty stomach and bad eyesight he sets out as usual but this time he sails out further, to where he can no longer see the mountain tops of Cuba, beyond the view of the other fisherman, beyond the lights of Havana and into the gulf stream. All that remains is him and the sea until he feels the pull of something on his line. Hemingway’s prose creates tension with every struggle Santiago faces and he faces them all, emotional, physical and mental in addition to coming to terms with his own mortality. Hemingway’s style is so very simple but one would be delusional to think that he or she could ever duplicate it because he not only tells a story but puts the reader into the heart of his characters.read more
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The number of morally upright lessons this story elucidates is stunning. Determination, fortitude, and a dogged perseverance are the hallmarks of this work. This book jolts you at your core. Everyone should read, and enjoy this work. It is sadly ironic that the lessons given to us by the author somehow departed him, and he chose to give up the fight and commit suicide.read more
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I had wanted to read this but always heard it was boring. I read this in one afternoon. I could not put it down. The story might be boring if it were written by someone else. But this is where you can truly appreciate an author- a gifted storyteller- on the construction of each and every sentence to illustrate every aspect for you. Never really been a big Hemingway fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and understand why it garned so many awards.read more
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Wow. That's all I could think when I finished this story. Wow. The language was just beautiful. The themes that played out in the old man's mind, and in his struggle with the sea, are ones that resonate with all of us. Courage in the face f adversity, the struggle to tame nature or to simply to survive and the determination to succeed are all themes we can relate to. As is the spectre of our aging bodies being unequal to the tasks at hand. The Old Man and the Sea is a sad story that will easily withstand the ravages of time.read more
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This book is a quick read and the one that earned Hemingway his Pulitzer. Supposedly this is Hemingway's development of a true story that he heard about an old fisherman who makes the catch of his life.I must admit, this is my first Hemingway and I wanted to read a short one to whet my whistle before investing time in one of his larger works. I was pleasantly surprised. It's interesting to note that on several occassions, I noticed the slow pace of the story (not much was really happening with Santiago, our main character or the fish). However, this was never a problem. I came to realize that it was necessary to build the story appropriately. Fishing is not an activity that is action-packed from start to finish. This book isn't either.Hemingway takes time to describe the scenes well. He does a nice job of painting the story in your mind. His writing follows the flow of a fishing trip such as this one. It has its exciting moments (particulary with the sharks) but they build and in-between there are quiet periods of reflection for our character. This is the same as it would be if you, the reader, were the one fishing. It was lovely.Hemingway made you care about Santiago. He showed you his wisdom and his almost super-human strength. The only thing about the book that I didn't care for was the number of baseball and Joe Dimaggio references. To me, they just seemed out of place and unnecessary.Ultimately, I enjoyed the book. It's well worth anyone's investment of 3 or so hours. I look forward to reading A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises.read more
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An epic tale of man versus fish that grips from the start - we really get into the mind of the old fisherman - Hemingway tells it like it is. After nearly three months without a proper catch, Santiago finally hooks a giant marlin. It takes all his years of skill and knowledge of their behaviour and several days to reel it in only for the sharks to devour its flesh robbing him of his earnings. But bringing the carcass home he regains the respect of his peers.read more
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There are enough reviews here that I don't need to repeat the story other than to say this is great classic literature. It's much more than a story of a man and a great fish. It's the story of life itself and the battle we all face. Hemingways prose wastes no words and the reader bonds with the old man and his struggle. I liken this story to Steinbecks The Pearl. A very good read for all ages.read more
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The back cover says it "has the simplicity of a fable, the significance of a parable, and the drama of a epic". It's true. (10/10).read more
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This is the first Hemingway book I've read. I've visited Cuba and seen where he lived/drank etc, and knew a lot about him, but strangely for someone who professes to love books, had never read any of this books or stories.The Old Man and the Sea is a wonderful short book - although I got lost in the technical sailing terms at the very beginning, I soon became engrossed in the life of the old fisherman and the loneliness of being at sea with a very large fish attached to the fishing line, pulling him further from the shore. Wonderful writing.read more
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This is the only Hemingway novel that I am willing to teach. Read this one and The Garden of Eden. Skip the rest of the ex-pat garbage.read more
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Sparse, gruff, and muscled with old-school machismo. Powered along by a now-defunct, animalistic moral code, at once brutish and poetic. Like a return to nature; will put some HAIR on that sparse, downy modern chest.read more
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The second book you should read by Hemingway. His second best book might actually be A Farewell to Arms (The Sun Also Rises, for me, is his best by a mile) but this book is the other end of his style, in no small part because it bookends his career and because its focus is so different from his usual themes of war and love.read more
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When reviewing a classic like The Old Man and the Sea, it's difficult to find something to say that hasn't already been said. This concise novella packs a punch in 128 short pages. Santiago is the old man in the title, a Cuban fisherman who has gone more than 80 days without a catch. He's a lonely man, ridiculed by other fishermen and forced to fish alone after losing his assistant (forced by his parents to fish with another, luckier, fisherman). Santiago decides to go further out into the sea than the other fishermen and, sure enough, snags a marlin larger than his boat.The rest of the book recounts Santiago's efforts to reel in the fish (this task alone takes more than a day), and then bring the fish back to port. He demonstrates powerful mental and physical strength as he combats the marlin, sharks, hunger, fatigue, and loneliness. Much has been written about this work's themes of pride and redemption, and comparisons to Hemingway's late career. And while there are certainly symbols and messages in this book, it's also a great story that holds your attention the entire way through.read more
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I read it 40 years ago and I found it… dated. Well, I was 16 and an idiot. In spite of knowing everything about the book I found myself crying over an old man's loss. Incredible book, superb writing.
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The story begins in a little village near the sea. A village lives a few people who depend on catch fish for life. This story main setting is sea. A old man who lives in that village has no food to eat, so he go fishing. He goes to a place very far from village. And then after he catchs the fish D:Maggio he drives his boat from deep sea to coastal waters. At last he comes back to village.
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The Old Man and the Sea is truly a classic. Hemingway created a solid character who you start to feel for and understand due to the intricate back story and in-depth Frame of Reference. The only reason for the four star is this commenter's personal preference would have much more action. But it is understood why this story has retained it's masterpiece status for the past few decades and it will stay there for many years to come.
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Not Hemingway's finest novel and by many accounts, not really a novel at all. Faulkner praised it because he thought it was the one work where Hemingway attempted to get some religion into his work, in this case, Santiago becoming a modern day Christ figure (stigmata image in the hand etc.). Santiago the fisherman is a man who goes beyond normal fishing boundaries (symbol: a man who takes a risk and is therefore rewarded with experience) to catch a great marlin. The work is short and by this time Hemingway's style is really a parody of Hemingway; still the work itself is enjoyable.
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"But man is not made for defeat...A man can be destroyed but not defeated," Hemingway writes in The Old Man in the Sea. Unfortunately the actual ending of the story is somewhat ambiguous on this point, but it is still a powerful and gripping story, and a beautifully written one (despite a couple of awkward sentences and some overwritten ones), and at times quite moving and rousing. Donald Sutherland's narration of this audio edition is well-suited to the material.
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I love this book because you can appreciate it on any level you want. On the superficial level, it's an extremely satisfying story of a fisherman wrestling with his greatest catch; delve deeper and it's an allegory for the life of Christ. It's rare to find a book that works on both the literal and symbolic level so nicely.
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I read the book " The Old man and the Sea ". The novel description is one year near sixty years of age senior fisherman, when alone goes to sea in one fishing, fished one big fish, actually did not pull. The senior fisherman socialized several days after the fish, only then discovered this was the big marlin which one surpassed the oneself fishing boat several fold, although knew perfectly well very difficult to win, but still did not give up. Afterwards and further because in the big marlin wound fish fishy smell brought in several crowds of shark fish snatches the food, but the old person still did not hope like this to give up, finally highlighted encircles tightly, returned to the big fish belt the fishing port, lets other fishermen not admire already. I extremely admire this senior fisherman, because he by now already projected on some fish, but he had not settled to the present situation, but was approaches the bigger goal advance. Again has a look us, usually meets one slightly is difficult, we all complain incessantly. We will be the motherland future, will be supposed to like this old person same mind lofty aspiration, will even better pursue even better, the bigger goal. I admire old person that kind do not dread, the relentless spirit, although knows the match strength is very strong, but he not slightly flinches, but is welcomes difficultly above. Just because had this kind of spirit, the senior fisherman only then achieved this life and death contest success. senior fisherman fear hard and dangerous diligently did not struggle, we also should like his such, could not satisfy the present situation, should positively to above, do any matter all is relentless, meets difficultly must welcome difficultly above, could give up halfway in no way. Only has this, we only then can obtain a bigger success and the victory.
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Hemingway was part of the 'lost generation,' which is the same type as the 'gen x'ers of today, of which I am one. He spoke to his generation as I think he can speak to ours. I think if I were part of another generation, I would have found it gruling. However, since I am part of the same gen type, I found it to sort of describe how we, as a generation, sort of float on, accomplish perhaps a lot, but don't really reap the rewards... that was for the generation before and the next generation to come. We sort of need to succeed for ourselves and, always a wee bit cynical, know that know matter what hurtles we may leap over or sharks we conquer, at the end of the day we are still left with just the skeletal remains of our accomplishments. But hey... at least we have that, right?
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Very well written, but I did not like it too much. Though I appreciate the fact that Hemingway is a very good writer, it just didn't appeal to me that much. I thought it was rather slow, and it didn't really draw me in. Then again, I don't really like boats and I don't like fishing, so maybe this just isn't my thing.
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Very very profound and well-thought book, especially for such a short novel, the imagery is well-structured, the mood and thoughts it invokes are unique.
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Hemingway was always an author I wanted to tackle, so I decided to start "small" and go with The Old Man and the Sea. Overall, I enjoyed this novella and appreciated this story of perseverance and sheer will.The Old Man has not caught a fish in months. Encouraged by The Boy, he decided to go far out into the sea, sure that his luck must soon take a turn for the better. The Old Man was right and snarls an 18-foot marlin. By himself, The Old Man must wait for the marlin to tire out before he can bring the fish to shore. The marlin and the Old Man start a cat-and-mouse game of who's going to last the longest.I was fascinated with the way this story was written - it was mostly a narrative with very little dialogue. Less gifted writers could not have pulled this off, but Hemingway did beautifully.Am I ready for more Hemingway? The Old Man and the Sea has definitely made me more confident. In any case, I am glad to have read this delightful little story.
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It's a tiny novel, and could have been a disaster, but it isn't. Instead, it's one of the purest pieces of prose ever constructed - dramatic, moving, tragic, and all written as if every word was a drop of blood.
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A classic in every way. This book reads strangely to someone used to modern overdone prose. Hemingway pared his writing to the bone as relentlessly as the sharks pare the marlin. in this novel. A great book.
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The old man and the seaErnest Hemingway is the author of the story the old man and the sea. He started as a journalist and than he began to write books. In the United States he’s got the experiences and material for his books. He loved to sail and go fishing, so I think this had a big influence of the book. He wrote about an old fisherman called Santiago and his best and only friend Manolin that lived in Cuba. They often go together fishing until Manolins parents has forbidden. But Manolin still helps the old man with several little things like to bring him food.At the eighty-five day without a catch Santiago goes out far for fishing. He endures a great struggle with a large and noble marlin. But he loses the beautiful fish to the sharks on his way back home. This is the most important part in the book. I think this part shows the best which two main topics the book has. First and for me the most important topic is the cycle of nature. It means that who a start is, is also and end. It tells also that in the hole world, equal human or animal, there is always a predator and a prey. First Santiago is the predator because he caught the marlin and later he is like the prey because his brother the fish is eaten by the sharks. The second important topic is the faith and vision. I suppose to have faith means not to fear the unknown but to believe in the possibilities. One must have faith in God an also in oneself, because God helps those who help themselves. Santiago beliefs that he is be able to catch the big fish so his faith helps him to confirm this difficult mission. But also whit this lost Santiago ends this story whit his unbreakable spirit. The fishermen saw the skeleton of the big marlin and thought “ I have never seen a bigger fish in my life”.In the book the fundamental characters are Santiago, the Marlin and Manolin. Santiago is an old man who has an unbreakable spirit and trust. He is a visionary, he can do thing witch other can’t do only because he has the faith and he can imagine them. He is a very strong man physically and mentally and he has e great will. About his character we all can learn a lot, because he doesn’t cares what the other people think, he goes his own way.The second fundamental person is the Marlin, the big fish in the story. He represents the hope of Santiago. He is born as a fish, like Santiago is born to be a fisherman. For me the behaviour from the fish is very interesting and also linked with the manners of the human because he does give up. Finally there is Manolin, the best friend of Santiago. He is the only person who truly loves the old man and cares about him. I believe Manolin represents Santiago’s immortality. Manolin is the only one that Santiago can pass on his knowledge. For me he is also a symbol of uncompromised love and fidelity.But I believe that in the book there exist many other important messages. One is that the people must have respect for the nature, because we all life together in one world so we are all connected and a part of the cycle of the nature. And this is shown perfectly in the act with the sharks. They show the cycle of the nature in which everything must be killed/ beat by something else. But they also represent the new generation of fishermen who attack the sea and all its creatures. I trust that we all must go through some struggles with as much strength as possible because in our life we have struggles every times.
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Hemingway at some of his best. A great story of man's struggle against nature, and eventually himself. It is a book that will move you. Awesome.
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This could have been a simple Man v Fish story but in usual Hemingway style it becomes a metaphor for so much more. Santiago is an old man struggling each day to fulfil his place in society, as a fisherman, but has dreams of catching a big one, a winning lottery ticket in today's world. The shark seems to represent life while the young man is lost youth with all those youthful dreams of being lucky and therefore different from the rest but overall the story seems to speak of an unbreakable human spirit who no matter what continues to strive to be the best that they can only for life's vagaries, the sharks, to often thwart us. The ending could have been different but then it would not be real life. I even read somewhere that Santiago with his bleeding hands represents Jesus on the cross but not sure that I can see that one personally.
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Santiago is a very old Cuban fisherman, probably past his prime for attempting to haul in a big fish on his own. But alone he is for his young shipmate, Manolin, has been pulled off his skiff to fish with his father. Santiago is determined, after going for 85 days without a catch, to bring in a fish, not just any fish but a righteous large one. He wants to prove to others, as well as himself, that he’s still got it in him. Armed with two bottles of water, an empty stomach and bad eyesight he sets out as usual but this time he sails out further, to where he can no longer see the mountain tops of Cuba, beyond the view of the other fisherman, beyond the lights of Havana and into the gulf stream. All that remains is him and the sea until he feels the pull of something on his line. Hemingway’s prose creates tension with every struggle Santiago faces and he faces them all, emotional, physical and mental in addition to coming to terms with his own mortality. Hemingway’s style is so very simple but one would be delusional to think that he or she could ever duplicate it because he not only tells a story but puts the reader into the heart of his characters.
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The number of morally upright lessons this story elucidates is stunning. Determination, fortitude, and a dogged perseverance are the hallmarks of this work. This book jolts you at your core. Everyone should read, and enjoy this work. It is sadly ironic that the lessons given to us by the author somehow departed him, and he chose to give up the fight and commit suicide.
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I had wanted to read this but always heard it was boring. I read this in one afternoon. I could not put it down. The story might be boring if it were written by someone else. But this is where you can truly appreciate an author- a gifted storyteller- on the construction of each and every sentence to illustrate every aspect for you. Never really been a big Hemingway fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and understand why it garned so many awards.
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Wow. That's all I could think when I finished this story. Wow. The language was just beautiful. The themes that played out in the old man's mind, and in his struggle with the sea, are ones that resonate with all of us. Courage in the face f adversity, the struggle to tame nature or to simply to survive and the determination to succeed are all themes we can relate to. As is the spectre of our aging bodies being unequal to the tasks at hand. The Old Man and the Sea is a sad story that will easily withstand the ravages of time.
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This book is a quick read and the one that earned Hemingway his Pulitzer. Supposedly this is Hemingway's development of a true story that he heard about an old fisherman who makes the catch of his life.I must admit, this is my first Hemingway and I wanted to read a short one to whet my whistle before investing time in one of his larger works. I was pleasantly surprised. It's interesting to note that on several occassions, I noticed the slow pace of the story (not much was really happening with Santiago, our main character or the fish). However, this was never a problem. I came to realize that it was necessary to build the story appropriately. Fishing is not an activity that is action-packed from start to finish. This book isn't either.Hemingway takes time to describe the scenes well. He does a nice job of painting the story in your mind. His writing follows the flow of a fishing trip such as this one. It has its exciting moments (particulary with the sharks) but they build and in-between there are quiet periods of reflection for our character. This is the same as it would be if you, the reader, were the one fishing. It was lovely.Hemingway made you care about Santiago. He showed you his wisdom and his almost super-human strength. The only thing about the book that I didn't care for was the number of baseball and Joe Dimaggio references. To me, they just seemed out of place and unnecessary.Ultimately, I enjoyed the book. It's well worth anyone's investment of 3 or so hours. I look forward to reading A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises.
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An epic tale of man versus fish that grips from the start - we really get into the mind of the old fisherman - Hemingway tells it like it is. After nearly three months without a proper catch, Santiago finally hooks a giant marlin. It takes all his years of skill and knowledge of their behaviour and several days to reel it in only for the sharks to devour its flesh robbing him of his earnings. But bringing the carcass home he regains the respect of his peers.
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There are enough reviews here that I don't need to repeat the story other than to say this is great classic literature. It's much more than a story of a man and a great fish. It's the story of life itself and the battle we all face. Hemingways prose wastes no words and the reader bonds with the old man and his struggle. I liken this story to Steinbecks The Pearl. A very good read for all ages.
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The back cover says it "has the simplicity of a fable, the significance of a parable, and the drama of a epic". It's true. (10/10).
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This is the first Hemingway book I've read. I've visited Cuba and seen where he lived/drank etc, and knew a lot about him, but strangely for someone who professes to love books, had never read any of this books or stories.The Old Man and the Sea is a wonderful short book - although I got lost in the technical sailing terms at the very beginning, I soon became engrossed in the life of the old fisherman and the loneliness of being at sea with a very large fish attached to the fishing line, pulling him further from the shore. Wonderful writing.
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This is the only Hemingway novel that I am willing to teach. Read this one and The Garden of Eden. Skip the rest of the ex-pat garbage.
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Sparse, gruff, and muscled with old-school machismo. Powered along by a now-defunct, animalistic moral code, at once brutish and poetic. Like a return to nature; will put some HAIR on that sparse, downy modern chest.
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The second book you should read by Hemingway. His second best book might actually be A Farewell to Arms (The Sun Also Rises, for me, is his best by a mile) but this book is the other end of his style, in no small part because it bookends his career and because its focus is so different from his usual themes of war and love.
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When reviewing a classic like The Old Man and the Sea, it's difficult to find something to say that hasn't already been said. This concise novella packs a punch in 128 short pages. Santiago is the old man in the title, a Cuban fisherman who has gone more than 80 days without a catch. He's a lonely man, ridiculed by other fishermen and forced to fish alone after losing his assistant (forced by his parents to fish with another, luckier, fisherman). Santiago decides to go further out into the sea than the other fishermen and, sure enough, snags a marlin larger than his boat.The rest of the book recounts Santiago's efforts to reel in the fish (this task alone takes more than a day), and then bring the fish back to port. He demonstrates powerful mental and physical strength as he combats the marlin, sharks, hunger, fatigue, and loneliness. Much has been written about this work's themes of pride and redemption, and comparisons to Hemingway's late career. And while there are certainly symbols and messages in this book, it's also a great story that holds your attention the entire way through.
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