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Old Man And The Sea [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Ernest Hemingway
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June 10 1996 0684830493 978-0684830490 Classic Edition
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.

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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.

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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 Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of the Bare Necessities June 8 2004
This book is a triumph of the bare necessities. The old man goes far out to sea in a flimsy wooden boat, fishing with only a hook, line and bait. Alone, he manages to catch a thousand-pound, eighteen-foot marlin. A life and death struggle ensues as the old man works the fish for days trying to bring it in, but his struggle has only begun as he has to battle the sharks in order to keep his prize.
Like the old man in his story, Hemingway uses only the bare necessities. This is a textbook example of how to write a short story--not one wasted word. The conflict of man versus nature is a timeless one, but Hemingway's is a classic because he does so much with so little.
Could a story like this one be written today? And if it were, would any publishing house print it? What--no sex, no violence, no angry young men showing how tough they are by threatening and swearing at one another, no liberal idealists purveying an underlying political message, no sorcerers, magic or monsters. Where's the entertainment in that?
The beauty of The Old Man and the Sea is its pure and simple realism. No fluff, no filler material, no publisher's formula fiction, just a timeless classic told by a master of the short story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the old man and the sea is a shipwreck May 12 2004
After reading the old man and the sea, I found myself wondering what exactly Hemingway was trying to do. At first I found it extremely hard to actually get into the book. I mean how much can you say about a fishing trip the last 84 days with no luck. I did find that i sympothized with Santiago, especially when Manolin's parents force him to leave Santiago's boat. I feel that there wasnt enough action in this book to keep my interest going. Hemingway goes into such great detail in all that he says, that i find that it gets boring. Once I had finally gotten to the 85th day of Santiago's unlucky streak, I found that I was rooting so much for him the whole time. I was much more intrigued once he caught hold of that big marlin. I continued to read because I was afraid that he would give up after all that he went through. I fell that the most exciting part is when the sharks lured by the blood of the marlin. I felt bad that Santiago didnt get to enjoy his fish, although by this point Santiago has grown so much I dont think he minds. I enjoyed how he finally did something for himself instead of trying to impress others. I enjoyed the end of the book when Manolin and Santiago see eachother once again. The end of this book gets much better, but i found it didnt compensate for the rest of the book. I would not recomend this book to anyone who seeks action thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike's Review Jan. 30 2004
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a great journey
Wonderful read, slow going but the end of the book was wonderful and I really did enjoy it a lot
Published 5 months ago by DeviantHellborn
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
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Published 5 months ago by BR-A2R
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!
I never read this as a young person for some reason but now that I am an old woman, the old man in this tale might have grabbed my attention it was tender and exciting and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful!
This work's reputation is fully deserved.

It is short and devoid of any frills.

There are but a few characters, actually only one of whom is fully... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Pierre Gauthier
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor second-hand book quality
I was disappointed in the poor quality of the used book. There is a huge water stain all across the back cover of the book. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2011 by fifiarni
3.0 out of 5 stars "We must kill our brothers"
I really enjoyed the movie (1990) with Anthony Quinn as Santiago. So I decided it was time to read the book. Well I found the book and the movie paralleled pretty well. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2007 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars "We must kill our brothers"
I really enjoyed the movie (1990) with Anthony Quinn as Santiago. So I decided it was time to read the book. Well I found the book and the movie paralleled pretty well. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2007 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice voyage was had by all
I'm not really a Hemingway fan. I like my books to have a little more meat on their bones. Books like "East of Eden" or "The Bark of the Dogwood. Read more
Published on July 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest metaphor yet
Having always been a fan of Hemingway, and having read this book at least three times (most recently, last week), I have to say that each time I finish it, I'm still amazed at the... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
What is really amazing about this book I first read in elementary school, is that after all this time so few people have realized the metaphor. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by David P Oller
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