The Old Man and the Sea

 Posted by on November 4, 2012  Modern Fiction
Nov 042012
The Old Man and the SeaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952
Genres: Modern Fiction
Pages: 157
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Synopsis: 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. (adapted from

This short and much-read classic has quite a reputation preceding it.  After reading the book, it is obvious that The Old Man and the Sea has rightfully earned all of the praise bestowed upon it.  On the surface, it is a simple tale of an old sailor’s struggle to bring in the fish he has fought while out at sea.  Yet a closer reading of Hemingway’s prose reveals much more of this novella’s message.  It tells of a man’s ability to overcome adversity, to remain focused on the “prize” despite the odds, and to reap the sweet victory of triumph.  Hemingway’s crisp, concise writing style helps to tell the old man’s adventure in a manner that is both captivating and refreshing.  But most of all, The Old Man and the Sea teaches us to make the most of the lives we have been given and to never take anything for granted.

This review was originally published at on June 21, 2009.


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