Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The ...Show synopsisSet in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superflous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.Hide synopsis
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Not in the least intimidated by the physical and philosophical heft of 'Moby-Dick,' Hemingway's novella, 'The Old Man and the Sea' stands next to Melville's triumphal door-stop and dares to ask which is the ultimate fish story. This writer, being a coward, chooses 'The Old Man and the Sea' on technical grounds: Moby-Dick was not a fish. Thus thoughtful readers are left to decide for themselves.
I have read many of Hemmingway's book and this one is my favorite. I read it to my son when he was about nine and he loved it also. There are wonderful images conveyed of an earlier Cuba, the ocean, fishing and aging in this timeless classic. Short and sweet, this book is perfect for an afternoon, or a vacation read while on a cruise.
The old fisherman is determined to find a big fish after a long time with nothing and
finally, encouraged by a small boy, finds a huge marline which he lashes to the skiff.
He is too far out, however, and the blood of the marlin has drawn sharks which nibble
the marlin to smithereens. Even his gallant effort to protect the marlin by fighting the
sharks leaves him with a 18 foot skeleton. The moral of this story is very simple: no
matter how difficult life becomes, don't quit. The simple words and allusions to life
in general in this story that was mentioned in the Nobel Prize committee's statement
when awarding Hemingway the Nobel Prize in 1954 prove that length is not essential
for a good story. Mr. Hemingway has always been my hero in words. I hope he is to
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