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The Old Man and the Sea

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  375,846 ratings  ·  11,084 reviews
Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author. The Old Man & the Sea revived Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River & into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the 1954 Nobel Prize--an award he gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a b ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published June 10th 1996 by Scribner (first published 1952)
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Matt
Nov 28, 2007 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mermaids
Worst book ever.

Just throw the fucking fish back in. Fuck.
Stephen
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My very first time reading Papa and I absolutely LOVED IT. Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here. While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me.

Let me explain...

Last year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my (oh shit!!) 40th birthday
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Sara
Oh, my good lord in heaven. Cut your line, land your boat and go to McDonald's! Just as in the case of The Great Gatsby, I understand the book. Yes, I know it changed the way American writers write. I also understand that it celebrates the ridiculous American idea that you're only a REAL man if you've done something entirely purposeless, but really dangerous, in pursuit of making yourself look like the bull with the biggest sexual equipment. Get over it, already! Go home and clean out the refrig ...more
Matt
I read this as a young man and was disappointed. It didn't work for me. I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation, picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees ("I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing. They say his father was a fisherman...").

I picked it up again, after the passage of some years, and found it incredibly poignant.

It's a simple story. There's an old man, Santiago, who is a fisherman fallen on hard times. He is cared
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Riku Sayuj
The wolves will come...

I started this in high spirits as my updates show: "fifth re-read, how thrilling it is to plumb new depths in old wells of wisdom..."

But, as I read on towards the last few pages, I couldn't shake the feeling that this is Moby Dick set in an alternate universe.

In this alternate universe:

The Giant Leviathan is a noble, unseen fish - steady and without malice.
Captain Ahab is transformed into a gentle, wise old zen master. Santiago - a humble fisherman with no legendary crew t
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Will Byrnes
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It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images.

The GOP has offered us a ready-made item to begin this list, and yes, I know that John Stewart already snagged this one and threw it back.
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Ian Cantankeroo-Gazan
The Old Man and the Allegory

This book might just be an allegory of Darwinist Capitalism and the survival of the most aggressive and hungry in the world of corporate enterprise and rivalry.

Hey, What's the Big Idea?

It describes what it feels like to have one big idea or to invent something for which the market is not ready.

You struggle and wrestle with your "big fish" for ages, until in your mind you have caught it and perfected the way to reel it in, nobody is watching when you start the journey
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Dan 1.0
After eighty-five fishless days, Santiago hooks more than he bargained for. Can he battle everything the sea throws at him to land his prize?

In the interest of reading a wider variety of things, I snapped this up like an eighteen-foot marlin bites a baited hook. It was definitely worth a read.

The Old Man and the Sea is the tale of an Old Man. And a Sea. It's man vs. nature at its finest. Hemingway's language is spare but very powerful. I felt every wound and heartbreak along with Santiago and wa
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Jessica
May 19, 2008 Jessica marked it as aborted-efforts
Shelves: dicklits
I was very surprised when I finally tried to read this, and discovered that it bored the living crap out of me. I just couldn't get into it, I don't know why, maybe it was just my mood or something....? I mean, I do like Hemingway. I love the sea, and baseball. I am relatively fond of both old men and little boys (not like that, you fool).... and this is supposed to be really terrific and all, but I just.... I mean, I could've finished it of course, it's short, and it wouldn't have been like tor ...more
Greg
Aug 17, 2007 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the literate in the broadest sense.
Sad book. Read it, but know it is sad.
This is probably written at about a 4th grade reading level, and the audience is at least that broad.

I'll spare you the christ imagery chit-chat.

Why did Ernest Hemingway cross the road?

To die. In the rain.
Madeline
"There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know."

-Ernest Hemingway
Cierra
I'm not a huge Hemingway fan, but I do have to say that this book is one of my favorites and the best that Hemingway wrote. What an incredible tale of human fortitude and self-validation. I love this story so much. I forget I am reading each time: the words are constructed in such a way that I visualize the whole story as though I were an invisible spectator. I love the descriptions of the old man's hands, and the whole story is told with unbelievable detail. We can all identify with the epic st ...more
Jason
Hi!!!!!

I’m drunk again.

So, this book. Ostensibly about a geriatric dude who goes fishing, The Old Man and the Sea covers way more bases than that. One could say it is a book whose themes include “the solitude of man” or, um… “one being pitted against the world.” Or maybe even a “powerlessness against nature” or whatever. And all of these things may be true, but I think I would have enjoyed this touching novella even if it didn’t capture those thematic bases. Of course, I only say that because I
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Moira Russell
He 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 ...more
Brad
Jul 28, 2009 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katya, Gio, Ruzz, Marcicle, Los, Te
Shelves: faves, classic, pulitzer
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 nee ...more
Jason Koivu
Back in the old VHS days I made a video movie based on this book and it was AMAZING!...or at least I thought it was. While visiting home last week, I dug it up and gave it a watching after not having seen it in about 10 or 15 years...

The video begins with a little lego fisherman in a boat amidst a placid, construction paper sea. A blazing yellow sun is glued to the back of the shoebox stage. In the foreground, blue waves calmly rise and fall. My undulating manipulation of the sheet of static wav
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mai ahmd

أي عاشق للأدب الكلاسيكي لابد وأن يقرأ هذه الرواية .. كما قال ماركيز لم يكن هذا الصراع صراع قوة ولكنه كان صراع حكمة وذكاء
شيخ طاعن في السن يصارع سمكة من الحجم الهائل هذا هو فحوى الرواية التي لا يوجد قارىء إلا ويعرف قصتها وإن كان لم يطلع عليها وذلك بسبب شهرتها وكثرة الأفلام التي قدمت عنها واستوحيت منها إن التحدي الذي قام به الشيخ لم يكن سوى تحدي للنفس التي طعنت في السن لذلك على الرغم من اقتراب الهزيمة في كثير من الأحيان إلا هاجس الإنتصار كان ملحا كشوكة في اليد
إنه كان كمن يقول لنفسه مازلت حيا وناف
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Garima
May 13, 2012 Garima added it
Shelves: my-2-cents
Reading this book is like reading one of those lessons from your English school books which you always find boring but nevertheless you need to answer the questions giving at the back of the chapter. From there on you would realize the answers that particular lesson demands are with reference to ideas or experience you never thought about while reading it. So this story is about an Old Man, a sea and his fishing expedition. I became interested in Hemingway after watching Midnight in Paris in whi ...more
Kirstine
So... Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for a book about an old man in a boat chasing a fish. Impressive.

I tried to analyze it while reading it, but I found it way too exhausting, because it's so simple, and to crack open simplicity to unearth something complex is just... hard work.
And to be honest I'm not convinced Hemingway didn't just write a book about a man and a boat and a fish. Which is enough, amazingly.

The story made me incredibly sad and I felt immediately sorry for the old man. I'm
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Amber
I really really hate Hemingway's writing. And this book epitomizes every element of my hatred. At least it is short. It's got that going for it.
Michelle
I know this is supposed to be some great classic bit of American literature but I hated it. I get that it is supposed to be written in the voice of the uneducated Santiago but to me it just reads like a Dick and Jane primer. I was ready to sell my soul for a multisyllabic word or a complex sentence.
midnightfaerie
I was a Hemingway virgin. Now I'd like to be a Hemingway whore. Hemingway's simplistic style amazingly still gives great depth to plot and character all the while maintaining a suspense that made it difficult for me to put the book down. I can't say enough of how much I enjoyed this book. The resilience and determination of our main character, Santiago, allows the reader to make connections to not only their own life but to the challenges and struggles of the working man. I've heard rumors that ...more
Rick
May 27, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone living their life and anyone that has tested themself in some way
I liked this book because it has something to say about life and people. I'd agree with any interpretation that compares the marlin to our ambitions and accomplishments in life. They might be big, but in the end they are a skeleton of memories and then not even that. For me the character of the boy meant most that we help give each other's lives meaning. I agree with the Sparknotes analysis that pride will make us drive ourselves mercilessly to make what we want of our lives. The old man's battl ...more
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رواية قصيرة أبطالها رجل عجوز، صبي، وسمكة!

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قرأت في تذييل عن حياة (هيمنجواي) أنه ليس كاتبًا رمزيًا رغم احتواء كتاباته على رموز. في رأيي (العجوز والبحر) رواية رمزية للغاية، ومن سيقرأها، ويعمد إلى النظر إليها بسطحية، سيجدها هراءً كاملًا! لكن المميز في رمزية (هيمنجواي) أنها مطاطة؛ فكل واحد منّا إذا قرأها في ظروف معينة وبطريقة تفكيره الخاصة فإنه سيفسر رموزها بشكل يختلف تمامًا عن الباقين.
لن أذكر -بالطبع- تفسيراتي الشخصية للرموز، فليس هذا مستحبًا في المراجعات؛ لكنّي أتوق إلى مناقشة الرواية مع آخرين
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Fahad
العجوز والبحر

يترجم عنوان رواية هيمنغواي الشهيرة هذه عادة ً بالشيخ والبحر، ولكني أفضل هذه الترجمة (العجوز والبحر)، فكلمة الشيخ محملة بالوقار، بالحكمة، فالشيخ لا يفتش عن ذاته، لقد وصل إليها وحازها منذ وقت بعيد، بينما كلمة العجوز تحمل دلالات أخرى، فالعجوز هو الرجل الذي وصل إلى مرحلة العجز البدني، بدايات تهدم القوى، ومن ورائها البصيرة والحكمة، إنه نموذج الإنسان الذي يعيش صراعه الأخير، صراعه مع جسده الذي يفنى، ذاكرته التي تضمحل، وهو صراع للأسف غير بطولي، ليس في نظر الناس على الأقل.

كتب أرنست هيمنغوا
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Ranee
Old Man and the Sea
Perseverance. Will. Experience. Spirit. There is much to be known about this classic. And I was not pertaining to fishing.

"The sea is life and I am one with it"

There is an overwhelming calmness in the middle of the sea. Waves are quieter, they lull you unlike its sisters on the shore, they lash you ever so often that it makes you wonder if it were the same water it was carrying. Much is like aging. You start feisty, full of yourself, lashing out each day. And as you grow wrin
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Amanda
Sep 16, 2013 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hemingway fans
While this is not my favorite Hemingway book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The plot structure is simple: just look at the title and there you have it. What is impressive is what Hemingway does with the plot. As always, Hemingway is a master of capturing the natural world in his often poetic prose.

In the figure of Santiago, you have the Hemingway code lived to its fullest. It's the knight attempting to slay the dragon, the matador in the bull ring, the big game hunter in Africa. In challenging natu
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Fionnuala
Having recently failed to find 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' credible in any way, I decided to give Hemingway another go and reread this novella. In the process, I've learned something about myself and maybe something about writing too. I remember being completely absorbed by both the story and the telling of it when I read it as a teenager and was surprised and pleased to find it could still work the same magic on me now. I am still able to become totally absorbed in the life of a fictional charact ...more
Mark
Oct 16, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Robson Greene
Recommended to Mark by: Mr Flint, (God bless him)
Having read this years ago whilst at school I can safely say it ranked alongside 'Cider with Rosie' as one of those books I hated simply because i was told by my English teacher (who incidentally is one of my unsung heroes), that I should love it. Choosing to re-read at the grand age of cough cough i sensed something more wonderful. There is a sparsity to the language which is powerful as the man battles with his own demons and his own recognition of his ageing self.

There are no massively flowe
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Shayantani Das
“But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ”
Beautiful story.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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