The old man & the sea.

Hardcover, 127 pages

English language

Published Aug. 9, 1952 by Jonathan Cape.

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4 stars (45 reviews)

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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5 stars

For how much can you break the human spirit?

Ernest Hemingway starts by building up the story in a seemingly dry, straight-forward fashion — here, Hemingway starts, introducing the wise fisherman of the story, this is an unlucky old man.

During the first few pages, I found myself at odds with his way of writing. Where was the beautiful prose? It's my very first book from this author. I did not find his words as striking and vivid as I'd expected them to be. However, as the story continued on, I realized that the beauty was contained in the old man's experiences — not confined in the way of its retelling.The resilience, passion, hope, sadness, and suffering that made up the themes of the story were beautifully explored in a fisherman's experience at the sea.

Overall, this book has left me with various emotions to struggle with. I found parallels …

Review of 'The old man and the sea' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

i dont know how what when or why this story about an old man catching a damn fish touched me as much as it did. i started off like any other impatient idiot in their early 20s, cynical and afraid of sentiment. thought this was gonna turn out real cliche and quaint. i didnt believe that an old man could teach me a life lesson by catching a fish. i put it down because it was slow, i thought i would forget about it. but for some reason, when i picked up any other book, the pace felt too rushed and i found myself missing the open sea.
longest 50 pages of my life! cant believe how much i love and respect that fish!

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