The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
(Scribner Classics)

66%

15 Critic Reviews

It’s everything from Christian allegory to a depiction of Hemingway himself, with fishing representing the writing process. I suppose a true Hemingway fan could read this book over and over and find something new in it each time. It was a fine tale. Just what I expected. But I think once will be enough for me.
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Synopsis

The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
 

About Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he also covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.
 
Published July 25, 2002 by Scribner. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Erotica, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Old Man And The Sea
All: 15 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 07 2011

The story of that battle, that carried him out to sea and lasted through two days and two nights, is one of the miniature modern classics of such writing...A miracle tale, told with such passionate belief that the reader, too, believes. There's adventure here and Hemingway's old gift for merging drama and tenderness gives it a rare charm

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The Mancunion

Good
Reviewed by Shanda Moorghen on Dec 03 2013

A tale of passion, perseverance and faith, The Old Man and the Sea is a gem of American literature. Aside from the fact that it is a well crafted and beautifully written book, Hemingway’s novel will give you hope on the somber days.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by BigBen on Jan 28 2014

The addictive plots, sophisticated writing technique as well as the spirit of the fisherman can be the reasons of my preference...it is the spirit of Santiago that impresses me. I was moved by the adamancy of Santiago...The emotion and the spirit of the old fisherman could be felt by the readers.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Noel_Orlet on Jan 28 2014

It really does seem like the ocean is able to stir up sharply contrasting emotions in different men; she can make some of them love her unconditionally, while making others fear and detest her. Santiago’s relationship with the ocean is one of perfect love and forgiveness, capable of making even humans envious.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Amrita Dutta on Jan 28 2014

Recently I read this book again and was extremely moved. The formidable strength of the old man’s character, the quiet devotion of the empathetic Manolin and the relationship between the two are heart-warming. Hemingway’s descriptions of the sea and the creatures of the water are beautiful.

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Vulpus Libris

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Reviewed by Jackie on Apr 07 2008

This is considered Hemingway’s masterpiece. I’m not sure why...There isn’t the complex plots of his later novels, nor the rich character arc of his earlier ones. Even his short stories are more developed than this novella...It was a big fish. It was a thin book. It was a dull book

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Booking in Heels

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Reviewed by Hanna Whitehead on Jan 15 2013

Because while The Old Man and the Sea is fine as a story about a man and a really big fish, to me that's pretty much all it is...Basically, I doubt that you'll genuinely enjoy this unless you a) enjoy fishing or b) want to search for hidden meaning. I know that I've come across as quite disparaging, but The Old Man and the Sea just wasn't for me.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Morine on Oct 19 2010

Many themes run rampant throughout the text: the fading of life from the body of the elderly, the wistful relationship a man always bears towards an idyllic childhood, the masculinity and steely determination of men being the last thing to escape their bodies, and the primal respect between great spirits, man and animal.

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Reading World

Above average
Reviewed by Susan on Apr 16 2013

It’s everything from Christian allegory to a depiction of Hemingway himself, with fishing representing the writing process. I suppose a true Hemingway fan could read this book over and over and find something new in it each time. It was a fine tale. Just what I expected. But I think once will be enough for me.

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Reading In Winter

Below average
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Jan 02 2012

We all have the classics we love, and then there are the tedious, slow, and dreadfully long books that we just can’t wait to finish, but it seems to be taking weeks until we actually can. The Old Man and The Sea was one of those books for me.

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Literary Musings

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Reviewed by Brenna on Mar 11 2011

Hemingway's simple language and plot make this novella accessible. On the surface it's almost too simple, but after considering its ideas for a bit, themes of man vs. nature, humanity and compassion, allegories about the animals that live in the sea, and biblical imagery make this novel more complex.

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Insatiable Book Sluts

Good
Reviewed by THETWORS on Aug 21 2013

Readers have to look at the stillness that is in this work; Hemingway’s constant focus on the details of life to illuminate greater human connection astounds me in all his work, and in this text it gives a more poignant meaning to Santiago’s struggle.

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The Story Girl

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Reviewed by Lorren on Mar 26 2011

The most noticeable aspect of Hemingway is, for me, his writing style. His voice is distinct and different from any other writer I have ever read...the details of Santiago's fishing line and the cuts across his hands would not usually make a powerful story for me, the underlying sense of the human condition made this simple tale a great classic.

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My Cup and Chaucer Blog

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Reviewed by Helena Tonile on Sep 09 2012

...I fail to see how readers are left inspired after reading Hemingway’s final literary offering. Sure you can, to a certain extent, draw some inspiration from the story...The book is exquisitely written and I really enjoyed Hemingway’s writing style. It is the plot and the underlying theme which brought me down. Way down.

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Reviewed by Bookboodle on Aug 26 2014

Overall, there’s a couple of quite exciting paragraphs but a lot of fishing and baseball talk. You’ll feel sorry for the Old Man, feel the isolation and the frustration of the sea but overall not one I think I’d recommend even if it did win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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