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The Old Man and The Sea
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.52
EAN: 9780684801223
ISBN: 0684801221
Label: Scribner
Manufacturer: Scribner
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 1995-05-05
Publisher: Scribner
Studio: Scribner

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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.


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Summary: the super old man
Comment: The Old Man and the Sea may very well become one of the true classics of this generation. Certainly, the qualities of Ernest Hemingway's short novel are those which we associate with many great stories of the past: near perfection of form within the limitations of its subject matter, restraint of treatment, regard for the unities of time and place, and evocative simplicity of style. Also, like most great stories, it can be read on more than one level of meaning. On one it is an exciting but tragic adventure story. Sustained by the pride of his calling, the only pride he has left, a broken old fisherman ventures far out into the Gulf Stream and there hooks the biggest marlin ever seen in those waters. Then, alone and exhausted by his struggle to harpoon the giant fish, he is forced into a losing battle with marauding sharks; they leave him nothing but the skeleton of his catch. On another level the book is a fable of the unconquerable spirit of man, a creature capable of snatching spiritual victory from circumstances of disaster and material defeat. On still another it is a parable of religious significance, its theme supported by the writer's unobtrusive handling of Christian symbols and metaphors. Like Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, Hemingway's Cuban fisherman is a character allowing the imagination of his creator to operate simultaneously in two different worlds of meaning and value, the one real and dramatic, the other moral and devotionally symbolic
The best sentence I like in The Old Man and The Sea is a man can be destroyed but he can never be defeated. I think the old man is very super.


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Summary: Great transaction
Comment: I was very surprised at how fast this order was received. The book was in excellent shape. I have made a note oif this vender for future book purchases.

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Summary: You call this a masterpiece?
Comment: For barely 100 pages long, this thing that enjoyed worldwide claim is hardly a page-turner. It is so dry and uninteresting, full of repetation, boring description. The author does lack of the ability of using dialogue to tell a story. The dialogue or monologue is, at best, pretty weak. The book is certainly over-rated. The reason that it won the Nobel Literature Prize is what it claimed politically.

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Summary: Excellent Novel, Okay publication
Comment: This is an amazing (and short) novel, written by one of America's greatest authors. Recieving the Pulitzer prize, The Old Man and The Sea is similar in theme to some of Hemmingway's other well known novels (The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms) and as such will probably leave you in a morose, contemplative mood

Describing the relationship between an old man and a young boy, both of them fishers, the story takes place over a couple of days, describing a harrowing fishing adventure by the old man in his small skiff. After 84 days of not catching a single fish, Santiago sets out, alone, once more to do what he was born to do - fish. What's left to describe of the story is better done by Hemingway, and at under 100 pages the novella is accesible to almost anyone, at least on some level.

Short and terse, Hemingway's style is in full swing - writing only the so called "tip of the iceberg" it is many times what Hemingway understates or doesn't say at all that is most moving and important. Dealing with issues common to the 'lost generation' Hemingway considers a the role of man in relation to nature, presenting a very different yet relatable understanding to previous generations of American writers. Human accomplishment, missfortune, and aging are all dealt with in this deeply critical novel. Indeed, one could even imagine the themes and ideas represented in this work to be as the Marlin, swimming, powerfully under the surface of the endless ocean.

The publication (for the Kindle) is acceptable, but interspersed are several poorly done, and hardly acceptably drawings. These interrupt a serious and engaging text, are little more than childish illustrations and - because of the Kindle display - they interrupt the text, offsetting it with their poorly recognizable 4 gray tone lines and coloring. I'd recommend getting a paperback version, or simply being prepared to skip over these. (This is the reason for the four star rating of an otherwise 5 star novel)

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Summary: Classic for a reason
Comment: This book sums up the neverending challenge and struggle of the human condition in less pages than any other book. It may seem trite to read this beyond high school English but it has more impact as life progresses.


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