In language of great simplicity and power, Hemingway tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck--he hasn't caught a fish in 84 days--who goes out in his small skiff one more time. This time he hooks a huge marlin. During his relentless ordeal, a long and agonizing battle with the marlin far out in the Gulf Stream, the old man ...Read MoreIn language of great simplicity and power, Hemingway tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck--he hasn't caught a fish in 84 days--who goes out in his small skiff one more time. This time he hooks a huge marlin. During his relentless ordeal, a long and agonizing battle with the marlin far out in the Gulf Stream, the old man faces long days of hunger and exhaustion, his courage and his respect for his adversary never flagging. The man is old and tired and at the end of his life, but he remains the archetypical Hemingway hero who refuses to accept defeat. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, considered one of Hemingway's best novels, is also his shortest, a mere 27,000 words. It originally appeared in Life magazine in August, 1952, two weeks before it was published in book form. In a statement, Hemingway commented that, with this book, "It's as though I had gotten finally what I had been working for all my life," and claimed that he wanted to make it accessible to people who might not ordinarily be able to afford to buy a book: the Life version was 20 cents, the hardcover book three dollars.Read Less
New. The Old Man and the Sea is...very good Hemingway. It is swiftly and smoothly told; the conflict is resolved into a struggle between a man and a force which he scarcely comprehends, but which he knows that he must continue to strive against, though knowing too that the struggle must end in defeat. The defeat is only apparent, however, for...it becomes increasingly clear throughout the story that it is not victory or defeat that matters but struggle itself. The absence of parents, wife and children eliminates filial, conjugal, or parental obligations. That absence also frees Santiago from compulsory duties to his fellow man. And that absence tells me that self-serving ingredients foul the air of his apparent altruism and show that he is "one of us, " someone who wants to be thought better of than he deserves. He is our ordinary, not our strange, brother, even though we indulge ourselves in Hemingway's fantasy of Santiago's nobleness. VIVA MODERN CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS presents the best current criticism on the most widely read and studied poems, novels and dramas of the Western world, from Oedipus Rex and the Iliad to such modern and contemporary works as William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Don Delillo's White Noise. Contents: Introduction " Review of The Old Man and the Sea " The Boy and the Lions " The Heroic Impulse in The Old Man and the Sea " The Old Man and the Sea and the American Dream " Confiteor Hominem: Ernest Hemingway's Religion of Man " The Later Hemingway " The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway's Tragic Vision of Man " Fakery in The Old Man and the Sea " Hemingway's Extended Vision: The Old Man and the Sea " The Old Man and the Sea: Vision / Revision " New World, Old Myths " Hemingway's Craft in The Old Man and the Sea " The Poem of Santiago and Manolin " Incarnation and Redemption in The Old Man and the Sea " The Later Fiction: Hemingway and the Aesthetics of Failure " A Not-So-Strange Old Man: The Old Man and the Sea " Contrasts in Form: Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Faulkner's 'The Bear' " The Cuban Context of The Old Man and the Sea " Chronology " Contributors Printed Pages: 214..
Good+ in Good-jacket. 8vo, light blue cloth binding, cover is deckled with white spots, DJ has stain spots, edge tears and chips at spine ends, endpaper guters darkened, binding is tight, interior pages are clean, P-7.58 code on copyright page, a novel, 140 pages.
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