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The Old Man and the Sea

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The present book is an in-depth critical study of the modern American classic, Ernest Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 and the Nobel Prize in 1954. This study, while keeping the novel under the critical lens, examines it against the backdrop of Hemingways aesthetic convictions and overall literary achievement. It throws light on the ...more
Hardcover, Atlantic Critical Studies, 128 pages
Published 1952 by Atlantic
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Shovelmonkey1
May 29, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to be healed of mental scarring after reading Man Vs Fish epic Moby Dick
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and victoria wagtail
The blurb on the back of this book states that it is " a relentless and agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the gulf stream" and when I found out this was a Man VS Fish story my thoughts immediately turned to Moby Dick, undoubtedly the most famous of all (can anyone actually think of another one?) literary Man VS Fish encounters.

And this, frankly, almost made me chuck the book out of the window and run for the hills. I tried to read Moby Dick when I was about fifteen and can only des
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Miles Mcginley
Ernest Hemingways's "The Old Man and the Sea" is a fiction novel about an old man named Santonio. Santonio is a fisherman who teaches a young boy named Manolin all he knows about fishing. Santonio dreams about the days when he would fish off the coast of Africa and then wakes every morning to go fishing. The "old man" as the book refers to Santonio as, has not caught a fish in 84 days. One day as Santonio goes on another fishing expedition, he hooks an extremely large marlin. An extremely exage ...more
Bored to Death book club
“Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.”

What is this book about?
An old fisherman from Havana with a fondness for turtles, sets out to catch the biggest fish of his life after hitting a fishing dry-spell for 84 days. The old man goes out to sea, completely alone, to face off with the cruel waters and its inhabitants.

Why is it boring?
I have to say that my descript
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Sima
The auther of this book wonderfully depicts the scene of a courageous old fisherman who challenged all the difficulties he encountered.It's quite sufficient that it contains the most quoted sentence " man can be defeated but not destroyed." The story has some motives like courage, ambition,and persistence. Alone in the sea without anything, but simple equipments and bad luck the old man struggles until he caught the Marlin.
All in all this book taught me that life is a challenge, meet it.
Yifeng Zhang
This book is sad ,but good. It is about an old man (negative on himself) who is very unlucky and is helped by a young boy. Eventually he hooks a enormous, colossal, ginormous fish. But is that good or bad? Soon the fish brings the old man far out tirelessly and the man wonders how will he kill such a large and bring it back. Not going to say anything to not give book away.
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mj
May 12, 2008 mj rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone. Period.
Recommended to mj by: Dad
One of my top favorite books ever.
Read it in one night. Its a short thing, only about 2 hours to read.
Brilliant.
Mary
Ill be honest, I am not sure if I really enjoyed this book. The feelings I have now after finish the reading are confusing!
First at all, I admired the corage and strength in that old man, and the loyalty of the boy to him was totally touching. However, all that useless sacriface without any results are so depressing. It is like the final suggest that bag luck is more decisive that the own effort. Certainly, the life in general is not easy, but people need to believe that if they work so hard al
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Alex
As of now I am undecided on rating this book. Hemingway is one of my favorite authors. There are moments in the book that are quite beautiful. I find the relationship between the boy and the old man intriguing and heartfelt. However, I found myself at a loss at the end of the book. I know this book has received much praise and is a classic, but I'm having trouble finding something anticliche to appreciate the reading. Do not get me wrong, the book does not really go for the cliche, but upon read ...more
Agustin
Kisah Lelaki tua dan laut memang inspirational. Ada kebersahajaan, kesabaran kekuatan hati, serta semangat yang tak pernah menyerah pada keadaan.

The Old Man and The Sea adalah sebuah karya pernting dalam sejarah kepenulisan Ernest Hemingway. Ini adalah karya utama (masterpiece) yang menyita perhatian dunia. Karya ini memenangi Hadiaj Plutzer dan Award Of Merit Medal for Novel dari American Academy of Letter tahun 1953 untuk kategori fiksi. Yang paling bergengsi, ia memperoleh penghargaan Nobel
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Mehdi
The Old Man And the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway


The talks about and old men named Santiago, and he loves fishing, that's why it is his job! Today Santiago has no luck at all. Earlier before the story starts, there was a boy named Manolin that went fishing with the old man. After many days, Manolins parents tell him not to go fish with the old man anymore. The old man goes fishing alone and he thinks that since today is the 85th day he doesn't catch any fish he will have some luck! He does have luck
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suzi
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Irvin Flores
In the book The Old Man and the Sea a fictional novel by Ernest Hemingway,it tell a story about an expert fisherman name Santiago (known as the old man) who shows a young man by the name of Monolin everything he knows about fishing. Well the Old Man has not caught a fish in 84 whole days. So he decides to take a fishing trip off the coast of Eastern Africa . During the time of the boat he hooks a huge fish witch turns out to be a marlin. He is in a three day fight against the fish. When he sees ...more
Charlie Miller
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Max
The Old Man and the Sea is a classic, and as far as classics go its not to bad.

The Old Man and the Sea is a classic book about the strugle and determination of a man and also of a fish. The old fisherman of a port town goes out like everyday to fish in his small boat all by himself. Though this day he finds a line pull a bit stronger than the rest, and with time this unusual tug turns into a long battle, both sides unwilling to give in. The difficult struggle goes blind until one day the fish j
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Amanda
I really loved this book. I always knew that Ernest Hemmingway was a very famous author, but I always expected his books to be dense, boring and complicated. I was wrong, this book was about an old man who was having a very bad fishing season. It has been months since he had caught a fish. This was until one day when he caught this gigantic swordfish. It took him half way out into the middle of the ocean. He never let that fish go, not even when his hands were cut and his back hurt. The old man ...more
Casey
I've wanted to read this one for a while now and was not disappointed. Who says something has to be current to be exciting? I was gripped the entire time. I enjoyed Hemingway's style of writing, and this was the first novel I have read by him, will definitely have to check out more. If you don't know what this one is about the title explains a lot, haha, and you should check it out it's 125 pages won't take ya long. Enjoy!!!
Andre
Sep 24, 2008 Andre rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: younger kids
Recommended to Andre by: My self
The Old Man and the sea was a book for like lower grade levels or mabey a class book.The important out come of the book and from what i lerand from it was to over come obsticles in life presonal triumph won from losses also the ability to know that this task is hard but the courage to push through and keep going.Me personaly think it would be a great book for kids a book that can draw from.You should read the book because in a way you can relate to a problem or evan reflect back on a similar sit ...more
Anne-Marie
Jun 26, 2015 Anne-Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Men who are trying to prove something, Giant Fish Enthusiasts
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: Myself. I'm quite insightful with my recommendations, really.
Shelves: classics
This is the first novel I've read by Ernest Hemingway. It was quite good - very artsy. This guy is obsessed with masculinity. If you've ever seen Midnight in Paris, I think Woody Allen captured Hemingway's personality perfectly! Anyway, it's a good book; I wasn't absolutely in love with it, but it probably took me a total of two hours to read the whole thing so I blazed through it pretty quickly and I'm glad I read it.
Matthew Gallant
Read it in high school (1994)...hated it.
Read/taught it first year I taught (2003)...hated it and so did they.
Read it in UNH grad class on Novella (2007)...hated it but was intrigued by our three-hour discussion and follow-up emails...
so I read/taught it at end of first semester in conjunction with "The Old Man Who Read Love Stories" and...they hated it and so did I.

Maybe I should trust my instincts more? The only other Hemingway I've read is "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Much, mu
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Wendi Klaiber
Well...it is a story of the courageous battle between an old fisherman and the elements of the sea in capturing and bringing home "the fish". It is an enjoyable read that captures great human characteristics; such as, perseverance, love, companionship, and fortitude.
Sam
I usually enjoy short and sweet stories in around the 150 page mark, but this one? Hemmingway disappointed me before with For Whom the Bell Tolls... basically the problem was too much description (and BAD description of that)and too little plot in comparison. In this story, an old man goes out to catch a fish... does the fish stand for anything other than food ?... No! do we get any insight as to why the boy really cares about him ?... No! did Hemingway decide to delve into the old man's dramati ...more
Dave

The world was hard to step into, at first...Because it's been a long time since I spent sensual time with nature, or went fishing...& the way that the old man & the boy spoke was so straightforward, it really did feel rigid & overtly dramatic...But boy did I get into it.

The richness of Hemmingway's imagery...Could sew up holes in my jeans with its precision.

I finished this book on the one-year anniversary of my grandfather's death...& later found out that it was his all-time favo
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Keena
I thought the writing style was elegant in its simplicity. A good 'man vs. nature' story, but I wasn't thrilled by it.
Danielle Ross
I really didnt like the book The Old Man in the sea because it wasnt very interesting to me it was kind of boring
Jennybug
The Old Man in the Sea was Hemingways most popular work and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Why? I'm not really sure. On the jacket it reads- it has the simplicity of a fable. The significance of a parable, and the drama of an epic. This is one movie I would not want to see, wait maybe I did see it, I think it was called "Cast Away".
If this book was written today would it win the Pulitzer Prize? I don't think so. This book was really painful to read. Take it with you the next time you have to
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Angelica Galanis
This book is fairly easy. Most of the classics are a little more difficult but this one is grade seven level. I think Lauren would like this book.
Janet Miller
HEMINGWAY, ERNEST.THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA.1957The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman, who alone in his small boat faces the most difficult fight of his life against an enormous marlin. At the beginning of the short novel,Santiago has lost his fisherman's luck; he has gone eighty-four days without catching a marketable fish. Even his closest friend, a village boy he taught to fish, has left him to work on another boat. The local fishermen make fun ofSantiago ...more
Ben Hsu
It was a really interesting read.
Joy-isb Faucher
“Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.”

I read this book a few years ago and was truly amazed and simply in awe at the very moving story about a courageous old man who never gave up, fighting his own battle against the natural world, fighting death to the very end. The honour in such struggle and the importance of commitment, so strongly depicted in the book, has not only moved me emotionally as a reader but has als
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