The Old Man and the Sea, Paperback
4 out of 5 (19 ratings)


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 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.




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Yes it's well crafted, yes it has passages of beautiful prose, did I enjoy it ? No. I found it hard going and more than a bit boring , skipping paragraphs in such a short book is not a good sign. Maybe it's because I generally do not get on with stories about men's pain and angst. Thankfully none of the sex you would get in a modern novel of this type.

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An epic tale of man versus fish that grips from the start - we really get into the mind of the old fisherman - Hemingway tells it like it is. After nearly three months without a proper catch, Santiago finally hooks a giant marlin. It takes all his years of skill and knowledge of their behaviour and several days to reel it in only for the sharks to devour its flesh robbing him of his earnings. But bringing the carcass home he regains the respect of his peers.

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It's a tiny novel, and could have been a disaster, but it isn't. Instead, it's one of the purest pieces of prose ever constructed - dramatic, moving, tragic, and all written as if every word was a drop of blood.

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A great classic, beautiful word descriptions.

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This book has a timelessness that re-enforces itself with every read. Ernest Hemmingway melds horror & beatuty into something that scars the mind forever. This book is like poetry. Beautiful poetry.

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