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The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea
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Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honour to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such post-war stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the... show more
Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honour to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such post-war stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards"). A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favourite motifs of physical and moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old and infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author's later work: "The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords." Hemingway's style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame: Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air. If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator: "The old man was dreaming about the lions." Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780020519102 (0020519109)
Publisher: Collier Books/MacMillan Publishing
Pages no: 127
Edition language: English
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NiWa
NiWa rated it
4.0 Der Fang seines Lebens
Der alte Fischer Santiago hat schon tagelang kein Gl├╝ck. Lange Zeit hinweg ist ihm kein Fisch ins Netz gegangen. Trotzdem ist er optimistisch und ahnt nicht, dass ihm der Fang seines Lebens bevorsteht.Es ist schwierig hierzu eine Rezension zu schreiben, ohne nicht zu viel von der Geschichte zu verra...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 The Old Man and the Sea
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars and rounded it up to 5 stars on Goodreads.I have to say that this is a great little short story that you can finish within an hour. Besides the story becoming slightly repetitive after the old man goes out to try his hand at fishing, everything else in the...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.0 A Man Goes Fishing
I was going to do something really naughty. I read this book years ago in High School and wasn't particularly impressed namely because my English teacher and I never saw eye to eye; I preferred fantasy books to modern literature; and as far as I was concerned this was simply about a guy who got into...
Optimistic and constructive books
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4.0 The old man and the sea
This is the book of a friendship between a man and a boy, the book of the courage and the battle where the hope survive amongst the deepest misery. The language is mainly sustained by the action but Hemingway share as well the fisher's intimate thoughts, his internal conflicts for his 'friend' fish....
Rona Reads...
Rona Reads... rated it
4.0 The Old Man and the Sea
I decided to read this book last night for the Popsugar challenge and I finished it within a few hours. There are some great imagery described by the author in this book, although I am not sure I totally grasp the deeper meanings that are contained within the story. I enjoyed the story in itself, ev...
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