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Old Man And The Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Rebound by Sagebrush | May 1, 1995 | Hardcover

Old Man And The Sea is rated 4.5385 out of 5 by 13.
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 magnificnet twentieth-century classic.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.24 × 5.62 × 0.5 in

Published: May 1, 1995

Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0808519328

ISBN - 13: 9780808519324

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Man is not made for defeat" More than three-quarters of the way into Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, just after the magnificent description of the killing of the marlin, the simile almost lifts off the page as a surprise. Hemingway is describing the dead fish’s purple stripes as “wider than a man’s hand with his fingers spread” and its eye “looked as detached as the mirrors in a periscope or as a saint in a procession.” Reading this particular passage (I’ve probably read the novella three or four times as a youngster) the image astounded me. Not because of its power or imagination, but because it was there at all. I found myself wondering whether Hemingway even used another metaphor or simile elsewhere in this beautifully told tale of an old man, Santiago, and his life-and-death adventure on the sea outside his home of Havana, Cuba. And it wasn’t just one simile, but two in the same sentence! I thought, what a testament to the power of his writing that Hemingway could sustain a story of more than 120 pages and seldom rely on this literary trick. This is a supreme artist’s sure touch with language, simplicity on the surface and a world of complexity beneath. Much like what lurks beneath the water in this modern ancient mariner’s tale. Santiago is the old man who has gone 84 days without catching a fish. “Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated,” writes Hemingway in that simple, straightforward, punctuation-free style of his. When the story opens, Santiago is shown with a young boy, Manolin, who looks up to him and learns from him and cares for him. Manolin has accompanied Santiago on many fishing trips but not on the epic adventure to come. The relationship between the two is touching and moving, with life lessons passed along the way. “Age is my alarm clock,” the old man tells the young boy at one point. “Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?” Certainly, age is one of the major themes Hemingway explores in this book. At one point, he recalls an arm-wrestling victory after two days that established the old man’s supremacy in that sport. But he has now become old and wears that burden with grace, as he does his courage and humanity: He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy. He simply woke, looked out the open door at the moon and unrolled his trousers and put them on. That image of lions on the beach will return but until then, we have the thrilling adventure of the chase, capture, death and aftermath of the great marlin that Santiago regards as a brother. That and Hemingway’s language, as smooth and satisfying as Cuban rum. Like this description of his fish line, so simple and precise and evocative that no metaphor or simile could do it justice: “His line was strong and made for heavy fish and he held it against his back until it was so taut that beads of water were jumping from it.” There are so many lessons and flashes of wisdom in this tale about age, fate, religion, morality, solitude and especially courage and fortitude. Santiago realizes after his epic battle that “man is not made for defeat” and that “a man can be destroyed but not defeated.” That comes soon after that powerful death-throes scene in which he spears the marlin with a harpoon into its heart: Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff. Santiago then looks out to see a vanquished brother “silvery and still and floated with the waves.” The Old Man and the Sea is not a tragedy, although parts of it feel that way. It’s not an adventure although it certainly contains plenty of that. It may be an allegory. Certainly, there are allusions to the ancient mariner and a few comparisons of Santiago to Jesus as martyr, especially when Santiago (again, no accident in naming) realizes predators are circling his prize catch: “Ay,” he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.” For good measure, after Santiago returns to his home with his skiff, Hemingway writes of him falling and laying “for some time with the mast across the shoulder.” But it’s not enough to just call The Old Man and the Sea an allegory or moral tale. It is an epic tale that, like the marlin that surprises Santiago with its size and greatness, is far greater than its 127 pages.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Hemingway With most books that are deemed “classics,” I find myself really wanting to like them. In university, I took a lot of courses on classic novels (I loved to read, what can I say?) and read some real gems. The Old Man and The Sea was not a book I had to read in university, but one that I picked up from the used bookstore. It’s a short read–a novella–and I figured it would be quick and painless, just one more book to cross off of my TBR list. What I’m learning, however, is that the classics aren’t for everyone. We all have the classics we love, and then there are the tedious, slow, and dreadfully long books that we just can’t wait to finish, but it seems to be taking weeks until we actually can. The Old Man and The Sea was one of those books for me. At only 127 pages, I figured it would be a quick read for the train and I would finish it in one or two trips. Instead, I found myself bored out of my mind with all of the fishing jargon, not really knowing what Hemingway was actually talking about. I’ve been fishing before, but I really don’t have a clue when you say “hull” or “mast”–I’m really just along for the ride. Even though the book seemed so long to me, taking days upon days to finish, I did enjoy the fact that the old man had perseverance. He wasn’t going to give up. His love for the sea was an honest love and I can only hope that most people nowadays can love something just as much. That must be why it’s read in so many schools, because of the lesson it teaches kids–perseverance, never give up. Although, the writing just seemed a little too simple for me–perhaps it’s a Hemingway thing, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little substance. I will give kudos to Hemingway for painting such a great picture of life at sea, but I’m sad to say that after a while it bored me. While it’s impressive that an entire book encompasses a story that would normally take a chapter in a normal book, it’s also a great way to drag down the reader who wants something to happen outside of the boat. I’m actually thinking of that newer movie with Ryan Reynolds, where he’s in the coffin, buried alive for the entire movie. It’s kind of like that. The premise is good, but once executed you’ll be wanting your money back. Happy to have read another one of the classics, but I think this Hemingway work just wasn’t for me.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this out loud I was very near to finishing Mr. Midshipman Hornblower when we were on our way to the hospital the other night, and I knew I was going to need something else at some point over the next few days. I was passing by the computer on the way to the door, and I decided to grab The Old Man and the Sea. I'd been using it as a mouse pad because the Scribner trade paperback edition is a perfect size with a slick, matte-laminated cover that the mouse glides across with no fuss. So the book was handy, I needed something, and I'd been meaning to read it again for months. I've read The Old Man and the Sea numerous times, and I've always loved it, but this time through it became much more than it has ever been before. This time I am reading it out loud, and it is a completely different book. I have heard complaints about Hemingway's lack of commas, his sparing punctuation and his repetition in The Old Man and the Sea, but let me assure all detractors that this is intentional and to a purpose. Hemingway wants us to read this book out loud, and the way he's structured the punctuation (so too his use of repetition) dictates the voice we are meant to use while we're reading. We are not meant to inject the story with emotional ejaculations; we are meant to read this in a low monotone, embracing the steady, quiet, imperturbable voice of Santiago, the titular Old Man, while he struggles against the marlin, the sharks, the sea and himself. And when we embrace Santiago's voice and breathe it into the world, The Old Man and the Sea undergoes a startling change. I think it is a beautiful novel even when lying dormant on the page, but spoken, it is a lush, sensuous, poetic masterpiece. Read this one out loud if you can. To yourself or to someone you love, even if that someone is a naked little two day old baby sleeping on your chest. You'll be glad you did.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and elegant A brilliant story of a struggle between man and beast. This is a short read and keep everything as basic as possible, and it works so perfectly. I cannot possibly think of a reason for anyone not to read this. Sure a storyline of fishing may not appeal to everyone, but to overlook this title for that reason would be criminal. Give it a try, grab a copy, and read the first 20 pages, if you aren't hooked (pardon the pun), then I will be amazed.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best The opening sentence of The Old Man & the Sea is in itself a work of literary art. In Cojimar, Cuba, where the story is set and from where Hemingway fished, I spoke with the late Raul Corrales, who photographed Hemingway with the local fishermen before the Revolution. They rapport they shared gives Hemingway's narrrative the honesty and authority that makes it such a classic.
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Grandest Fish Tale!! Whoever said they didn't like fishing? Well this book it does not matter if you like it or not it is a very moving and powerful novel staring a single old brittle man and a swordfish. This book's inspiration was when Hemingway went to Cuba.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hemingway's Finest Moment This book is so way beyond criticism. It is the greatest piece of literature written in the English language since Shakespeare put pen to paper. Alter one word...even remove one comma, and there would be complete diminishment. It is THAT perfect. Hemingway was on top of his game when he wrote this novel. There has never been a finer story that depicts the nobility of the human spirit, than this one. I have read this novel many times, and the battle between Santiago, the Cuban fisherman and the Great Marlin that pulls him out to sea, is epic. Hugely epic. It still leaves me weak in the knees.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Allegory on Hemingway's writing experience A struggle between man and nature, as well as being able to make it to home base with a finished manuscript. While it is a very simple, short book, the depth of emotion and meaning is as great as the waters on which Santiago is floating
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ernest And The Ocean To wander along a coastline, Inhale some salty air. To swim across an ocean, Kick back without a care. To build a thousand castles, Catch tan then toast with beer. To just be, without your hassles, Is the sea, that he held dear. Doubt my words? Well, i'd read his first.
Date published: 2007-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly quite good,even when linked to fishing I couldn't make my title any longer, since there's a limit of characters, but what i meant by it, was that it's actually quite good, even if you aren't into fishing and all of those whats whats. But i can't exactly say that i truly liked it,cause i haven't read the book completely: i just read the 'extract' they posted on the previous page (which is the one you're reading on right now). And i must say,i really did quite like it: the words - I've never seen most of them before, since i go to a french school and we only have English 3 time per week - The character's determination and all other details. Our English teacher said we had to buy it because we were going to do a project on it. I guess it's quite exciting, considering the fact that i've already enjoyed a part of it. So, Hip-hip, hurray! to Ernest Hemingway and to the Old Man and the Sea!
Date published: 2005-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Old BORING Man and the Sea This book looked good. Looked short, 127 pages. Established author, good reputation, raving reviews. All I have to say is: This is the most boring book in the world!
Date published: 2001-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Old Man and the Sea This book was one of the most amazing books I have read in my life. The determination of the old man makes you look at life in a whole new way. Once I pick it up, I can't put it down. Everyone should read this book at least once.
Date published: 2000-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changing My Life I don't know how to write what I felt when I read this book. But, this book changed my life in all aspects. I began to live diferent way. Nowadays, I live one day each time. This is wonderful!!!! Bye! Yours sincerely, Judith Maria
Date published: 1999-05-28

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Old Man And The Sea

Old Man And The Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.24 × 5.62 × 0.5 in

Published: May 1, 1995

Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0808519328

ISBN - 13: 9780808519324

From the Publisher

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 magnificnet twentieth-century classic.