The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

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Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic

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.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in the family home in Oak Park, Ill., on July 21, 1899. In high school, Hemingway enjoyed working on The Trapeze, his school newspaper, where he wrote his first articles. Upon graduation in the spring of 1917, Hemingway took a job as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. After a short stint in the U....
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So enjoyable I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read I did enjoy this novel although it is not my favourite Hemingway. Really beautiful language!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hemingway's best In my opinion, this is Hemingway's best novel.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book. Entertaining and well-written
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent story I like this better than his other books, but still, not great; hoe's overrated in my opinion
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Quick read, love to read it in the summer
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic I read this book a while back and I was glad it did. From the symbolism to Santiago's dialogue with himself, Hemingway's final book is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring! could be hard to read at times but great book!
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I didn't like it I didn't really get the point of this book. It didn't seem like there was a climax or any point that really made me want to keep reading. I found it boring.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic This is one that I think you read for the sake of having read it. I know I did. It might have more appeal if you happen to find yourself in Cuba while reading it. I know it did for me.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Drawn out This book felt really long. Not sure I would recommend it to anyone even though it's a "classic"
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great little story I love this book, it is so short, yet contains so much more. Should be on everybody's "must read list"
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning While I’m not particularly fond of Hemingway’s terse, simplistic writing style, this tale of a humble old fisherman’s journey out to sea and ensuing epic struggle to catch the largest fish he had ever encountered in his life stunned me with the numerous powerful messages it so intelligibly conveys. The old man’s inspiring perseverance, faith, and optimism in the face of the many physical and emotional challenges he faced during his voyage were finally rewarded with the single greatest achievement of his life, while it was his anthropomorphization of the fish and sincere inner debates about the morality of his actions that made the ultimate loss of the fish so incredibly poignant. Biblical imagery abounds, with both the old man’s struggles and the great fish’s death seeming to symbolize the Crucifixion. The lessons are clear: taking great risks offers the potential of great rewards, but also great suffering. Our actions are not without consequences; what may represent success to us may cause devastation to others. The old man’s immediate return to his modest and unassuming lifestyle and faithful young friend upon finally returning home serves as an important reminder that no matter what happens in life—good or bad—the world beyond our immediate vicinity remains unchanged; individually, we constitute just one drop in the vast sea.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great They don't make writers like him anymore
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite great experience reading this book, this really taught me how to see things in a different perspective
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Tunis ranks No. 1 on my personal list of top 100 books. Hemingway can express grand themes in few words. This short novel of a man's struggle against the forces of nature which will ultimately result in his doom, has become my mantra for living every day to its fullest.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I tried to like it but meh Every now and then one thinks of revisiting the classics. But you know, I just don't love some of them and this is one such book. Just throw the marlin back, Santiago. You'll still be a man. Geesh. It's a good thing I love the ocean.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! You would thing the old man would give up or die, he does neither. Still not sure if his struggles were worth it. But only he really knows. I guess that's the point though
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read As a teenager forced to read this book in HS, I quite hated it, thought it was boring. Reading it as an adult in my 30s, it's a whole different story.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book one of my favourite books , it teaches not to give up and keep on trying,
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very overrated Longwinded and a tad absurd.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fishy This novel was different than any of the expectations I had going into it, and unfortunately that includes my level of satisfaction while reading it. The novel, although short, felt incredibly long and meandering, and even if I knew Hemingway was trying to hint at something else, the whole thing felt too literal and wasn't fun. I've read other Hemingway, and while he is not my favorite, I have enjoyed his other works more than I did this one.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Didn't like this cover but it is still a great book.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I love Hemingway but this wasn't my favourite. However, I will always like it in a way because it got me into all his other works.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great brief read #plumreview A great book for a reader new to Hemingway. Its length (or lack thereof) may be less daunting in comparison to other far longer classics. It touches on man versus nature and perhaps man versus himself.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I'm not the biggest Hemingway fan, but I liked this story. Things do get bit repetitive in the middle of it, but it's a reflection of the protagonist's experience, so it makes sense, even if it's a bit dull. The end is heartbreaking. I read it was a metaphor for his struggle with alcohol, which adds even more depth to the story.
Date published: 2016-11-07
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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from The Old Man and the SeaHe was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy's parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast. The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."Santiago," the boy said to him as they climbed the bank from where the skiff was hauled up. "I could go with you again. We've made some money."The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him."No," the old man said. "You're with a lucky boat. Stay with them.""But remember how you went eighty-seven days without fish and then we caught big ones every day for three weeks.""I remember," the old man said. "I know you did not leave me because you doubted.""It was papa made me leave. I am a boy and I must obey him.""I know," the old man said. "It is quite normal.""He hasn't much faith.""No," the old man said. "But we have. Haven't we?""Yes," the boy said. "Can I offer you a beer on the Terrace and then we'll take the stuff home.""Why not?" the old man said. "Between fishermen."They sat on the Terrace and many of the fishermen made fun of the old man and he was not angry. Others, of the older fishermen, looked at him and were sad. But they did not show it and they spoke politely about the current and the depths they had drifted their lines at and the steady good weather and of what they had seen. The successful fishermen of that day were already in and had butchered their marlin out and carried them laid full length across two planks, with two men staggering at the end of each plank, to the fish house where they waited for the ice truck to carry them to the market in Havana. Those who had caught sharks had taken them to the shark factory on the other side of the cove where they were hoisted on a block and tackle, their livers removed, their fins cut off and their hides skinned out and their flesh cut into strips for salting.When the wind was in the east a smell came across the harbour from the shark factory; but today there was only the faint edge of the odour because the wind had backed into the north and then dropped off and it was pleasant and sunny on the Terrace."Santiago," the boy said."Yes," the old man said. He was holding his glass and thinking of many years ago."Can I go out to get sardines for you for tomorrow?""No. Go and play baseball. I can still row and Rogelio will throw the net.""I would like to go. If I cannot fish with you, I would like to serve in some way.""You bought me a beer," the old man said. "You are already a man.""How old was I when you first took me in a boat?""Five and you nearly were killed when I brought the fish in too green and he nearly tore the boat to pieces. Can you remember?""I can remember the tail slapping and banging and the thwart breaking and the noise of the clubbing. I can remember you throwing me into the bow where the wet coiled lines were and feeling the whole boat shiver and the noise of you clubbing him like chopping a tree down and the sweet blood smell all over me.""Can you really remember that or did I just tell it to you?""I remember everything from when we first went together."The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes."If you were my boy I'd take you out and gamble," he said. "But you are your father's and your mother's and you are in a lucky boat.""May I get the sardines? I know where I can get four baits too.""I have mine left from today. I put them in salt in the box.""Let me get four fresh ones.""One," the old man said. His hope and his confidence had never gone. But now they were freshening as when the breeze rises."Two," the boy said."Two," the old man agreed. "You didn't steal them?""I would," the boy said. "But I bought these.""Thank you," the old man said. He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility. But he knew he had attained it and he knew it was not disgraceful and it carried no loss of true pride."Tomorrow is going to be a good day with this current," he said."Where are you going?" the boy asked."Far out to come in when the wind shifts. I want to be out before it is light.""I'll try to get him to work far out," the boy said. "Then if you hook something truly big we can come to your aid.""He does not like to work too far out.""No," the boy said. "But I will see something that he cannot see such as a bird working and get him to come out after dolphin.""Are his eyes that bad?""He is almost blind.""It is strange," the old man said. "He never went turtle-ing. That is what kills the eyes.""But you went turtle-ing for years off the Mosquito Coast and your eyes are good.""I am a strange old man.""But are you strong enough now for a truly big fish?""I think so. And there are many tricks."Copyright © 1952 by Ernest HemingwayCopyright renewed © 1980 by Mary Hemingway