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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Classic Edition edition (June 10 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684830493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684830490
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many" -- Anthony Burgess "A quite wonderful example of narrative art. The writing is as taut, and at the same time as lithe and cunningly played out, as the line on which the old man plays the fish" Guardian --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

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By mike peterson on Jan. 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's best pieces. This book has been so well written that a fourth grader could read and comprehend this glorious book. The Old Man and the Sea is a fantastic story about an old Cuban fisherman who has years of bad luck and his enormous catch. This basic plot alone can not make a great novel. However, Hemingway found a stimulating way to add detail without overwording his ideas. This is a very important part about his style of writing that i like because of the ability to read a simple plot book without fighting to keep your eyes open. What i like also about Hemingway's writing style is how modern day society still relates to the society in his books. For example, the old man's will to catch the fish: even while the fishing line is cutting his bear hands, has no food to eat, harch weather conditions, and isolation from other people. This can be related to people that are willing to give up spending time going out to study day in and day out for a test so they can go to the best college. I believe what I enjoyed most about reading this book is that he was ok with sleeping in a one-room hut, that he was ok not catching fish in a long time, and that he was ok that people completely disregarded him. The las thin I liked about this book is the way Hemingway switches betwwen reality, the old man's thinking, and the old man's subcontinents. All in all I think this is a great book for anyone to read.
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Format: Hardcover
I am not enthusiastic about this book but I respect it and I understand why it is considered a classic. The Nobel Prize for literature is more of a lifetime achievement award even though this book was specifically cited as follows: "For his powerful, style-forming mastery of the art of modern narration, as most recently evinced in 'The Old Man and the Sea.'"

The book tells the story that is so familiar that I won't bother to repeat its details here. The original true story which Hemingway described in a journalism piece available in "Byline: Ernest Hemingway" was a brief account of a Cuban fisherman who hooked an enormous billfish in his little boat and got pulled out into the open ocean. The fish is attacked and partly devoured by sharks. A large fishing boat rescues the unnamed fisherman; he is delirious, having gone for days without food or water. The fish is brought back to the dock in Cuba: there's a picture of the huge and still formidable half eaten fish hanging by the tail.
Hemingway fictionalized this story almost two decades later to make it a symbolic parable about man's struggle against nature and against his own frailty. The old man, Santiago, holds on by sheer willpower, at one point he says to the fish, let me kill you or you can kill me, I don't care which.
In addition to speaking to the fish and to the sharks that attack at the end of his voyage, Santiago also spends time talking to his injured left hand, an obvious reference to the looming Communist revolution in Cuba. The fish and the old man Santiago represent the huddled masses of Cuba yearning to breathe free.
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By Wells on March 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
The sea is an empty and foreboding area. When left alone in its presence, it consumes the soul and destroys the mind. In the story The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago learns of this when he boats out into its depths. This intriguing tail is an enjoyable and exciting read.
I enjoyed reading The Old Man and the Sea. Even though the book was assigned to me as a class, I did enjoy it. This was well written and easy to understand and thus enjoyable. I like reading good books as long as the style is to my liking. Hemmingway, like many other great people in history, was slightly crazy when he wrote his master-piece which makes it all the more enjoyable. I think that Hemmingway's state shows through Santiago in a few ways, giving it more voice. Style, language, and structure add to this story significantly, making the story easy to read and understand. Overall the story was very enjoyable. Hemmingway makes his story as pleasurable as possible for the selected age group.
The Old Man and the Sea, along with being enjoyable is also exciting. Because it has many turns in the story it makes the reader not get bored. When Santiago hooked the Marlin it seemed to be the climax but the book continued on and that changed. Every time Santiago's World calms down another corner is turned and a new surprise is uncovered. In fact is an exciting and intriguing story that keeps the reader on their seat. I found this book very unpredictable. Rats aren't included in the book at all, but it is still an exciting story. From the beginning, The Old Man and the Sea, twists and turns till the end of the story.
All in all The Old Man and the Sea is an exciting and enjoyable novel. Hemmingway has an unbeatable style that is compared to his situation is amazing. The way Hemmingway weaves himself into his story in great. This is a great book that holds the story of Hemmingway in its pages.
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Format: Hardcover
Ernest Hemingway's Old man and the sea; a Pulitzer prize winning story about an old fisherman named Santiago, a large fish named Fish, and a four-day struggle that ended badly. Sounds romantic doesn't it? Well, not to me. Maybe it's because I'm a high school junior. Maybe it's because I was forced to read it. But I did not think this story good enough to be even considered for the Pulitzer let alone win the prize.
Ernest Hemingway's style of writing is boring, tedious, and repetitive. And this story was no exception. From beginning to end it was one depressing trial to another. When Santiago was not in some type of pain (emotional as well as physical) such as when he got a rope burn when the fish got a sudden burst of speed. he was remembering some type of almost surreal memories that might have added to the story if they had anything to do with it. This shows that hemmingway's style of writing may have reflected his life. In an A&E documentary about his life we were shown that he had several wives. I believe that the fish symbolized the wives that he lost by the plain fact that Santiago struggled for so long and when he caught the fish he only lost it to sharks.
The four day struggle between the old man and the old fish was hard for both of them, but when the sharks came was harder on the fish. Ripping the very flesh off his cold, dead, lifeless carcass until the fish was nothing but a skeleton. I find that while I do feel sorry for Santiago who fished for eighty-four days straight without caching any fish, and then struggled for another four days with one fish only to loose it to sharks in the end, I am the most sympathetic towards the fish. The Fish was just living at the bottom of the sea when he got hooked after trying to find a bite to eat.
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