- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: RHUK (18 August 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099908409
- ISBN-13: 978-0099908401
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 935 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Old Man and the Sea Paperback – 18 Aug 1994
|Paperback, 18 Aug 1994||
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Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar 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 favorite 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
"The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently." (Sunday Times)
Regarded by many as the simplest and greatest story he ever wrote - from the Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell to ArmsSee all Product description
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The story is a certain page turner and at point of time you feel pity for both the fisherman and the fish.
They both had a glorious end.
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