The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

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.


Details The Old Man and the Sea

TitleThe Old Man and the Sea
ISBN9780684830490
Author
Release DateJun 10th, 1996
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages132 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature, Novels, American, Academic, School, Adventure, Classic Literature, 20th Century, Read For School
Rating

Reviews The Old Man and the Sea

  • Matt
    2007-11-28
    Worst book ever.Just throw the fucking fish back in. Fuck.
  • Sara
    2008-04-22
    Oh, my good lord in heaven. Cut your line, land your boat and go to McDonald's! Just as in the case of The Great Gatsby, I understand the book. Yes, I know it changed the way American writers write. I also understand that it celebrates the ridiculous American idea that you're only a REAL man if you've done something entirely purposeless, but really dangerous, in pursuit of making yourself look like the bull with the biggest sexual equipment. Get ...
  • Stephen
    2010-08-04
    My very first time reading Papa and I absolutely LOVED IT. Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here. While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me.Let me explain...Last year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best...
  • Matt
    2009-01-07
    I read this as a young man and was disappointed. It didn't work for me. I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation, picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees ("I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing. They say his father was a fisherman...").I picked it up again, after the passage of some years, and found it incredibly poignant. It's a simple story. There's an old man, Santiago, wh...
  • Madeline
    2007-06-02
    "There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know." -Ernest Hemingway
  • Will Byrnes
    2012-12-22
    It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images. The GOP has offered us a ready-made item to begin this list, and yes, I know that John Stewart already snagged this one and threw it back.I turned up a visual art concept that fits in, for a restaurant based on EH themes:Although I did not sit for this photo, the resemblance is indeed strikingAnd, of courseThe Old Man and the Cee Lo.I s...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2012-01-30
    The wolves will come...I started this in high spirits as my updates show: "fifth re-read, how thrilling it is to plumb new depths in old wells of wisdom..."But, as I read on towards the last few pages, I couldn't shake the feeling that this is Moby Dick set in an alternate universe.In this alternate universe:The Giant Leviathan is a noble, unseen fish - steady and without malice.Captain Ahab is transformed into a gentle, wise old zen master. Sant...
  • Jibran
    2015-01-04
    My big fish must be somewhere.Many years ago when I read The Old Man and the Sea I thought it was going nowhere, that it was too simple and ordinary to be of any consequence. On a second reading, however, my view changed and I ended up loving it. What I mistook for repetition was a literary device for emphasis and the boat, like the story, that I judged to be unmoving in the rolling seas was caught in a whirlpool churning the waters in its depth ...
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    2013-12-11
    "لماذا يستيقظ من تقدمت بهم السن مبكرا !! ألكي يفوزوا بيوم أطول عن الآخرين"والجملة السابقة من الرواية, تلخص شعور ارنست همنجواي في سنين كهولته .**هناك الكثير من الكلام يدور عن الرواية والرمزية التي بها, والحقيقة أنا لم أحست بأي رمزية فيها أبدا, هي قصة حل...
  • Fernando
    2012-02-08
    Cuando yo era chico, a la edad de diez años, acostumbraba a acompañar a mi papá a pescar. A mí no me gustaba la pesca, pero me encantaba verlo a él en todo el esplendor de su pasión. Mi padre era carpintero, pero los domingos acostumbraba a subir a su lancha “Gui-Fer II” que había reconstruido (era un bote de salvamento de un viejo barco pesquero llamado "Cristo Rey") y pasaba toda la mañana y la tarde pescando en su querida laguna ...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2016-01-03
    3.5 stars but rounding it up because it's my first review for the new year. Happy 2016, Goodreaders! "No one should be alone in their old age. But it is unavoidable." And so the old man went to the ocean alone on his skiff to catch some fish but ended up being caught by the big fish instead, a fish so big, it controlled the skiff and took its own course at the sea. The big question is why didn't the old man just let go of the fish? It would have...
  • Rohisa
    2016-06-23
    A book about a man who goes fishing is not exactly the most appealing thing to our self-entitled, insta-fun, fast-and-furious generation, is it?But as I start reading it and I went into a Hemingway-shock. Because if that man could do anything, he could write beautifully. Slow? Yes. Gorgeous nonetheless? Yes as well. Early into the book, when I could not have managed to be any more bored, Hemingway comes at me with this: "He always thought of th...
  • Florencia
    2015-10-18
    Feb 04, 16* Also on my blog.
  • Lyn
    2011-07-30
    A masterpiece. Like a fable, this has become a part of our cultural consciousness. Santiago's simple heroism is a benchmark for all who persevere and endure.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-10-01
    521. The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest Hemingwayمرد پیر و دریا - پیرمرد و دریا - ارنست همینگوی (نگاه) ادبیاتعنوان: مرد پیر و دریا؛ نویسنده: ارنست همینگوی؛ مترجم: م.خ. یحیوی؛ تهران، کانون معرفت، 1331، در 176 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: 1340؛ مترجم: سعیدی، تهران، نشر شهریار، ؟؟، در 175 ص؛مترجم: رضا م...
  • Ian
    2011-02-23
    The Old Man and the AllegoryThis book might just be an allegory of Darwinist Capitalism and the survival of the most aggressive and hungry in the world of corporate enterprise and rivalry.Hey, What's the Big Idea?It describes what it feels like to have one big idea or to invent something for which the market is not ready.You struggle and wrestle with your "big fish" for ages, until in your mind you have caught it and perfected the way to reel it ...
  • Councillor
    2015-12-08
    On the first glance, The Old Man and the Sea is a very simple story about a Cuban fisherman fighting against a giant marlin. On the second glance ... it is still a very simple story. You won't find any complex characters in this story, you won't find even the smallest trace of complexity. One can try to find symbolisms in this story (and will most likely succeed), but as Ernest Hemingway said himself: "There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the se...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-29
    "You have control over only your karma: never on its fruits. So because of [concern over] the fruits of your karma, never shirk from it."This is most probably the most quoted, used, misused, praised and maligned verse from the Bhagavad Gita, where Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna on the Karma-yoga. It has been praised as the epitome of virtue to do your duty regardless of the consequences: it has been severely criticised as the upper caste Hindu spi...
  • Foad
    2013-11-16
    خیلى خیلى وقت پیش، زمانى كه هنوز نوجوانى بودم، داستانى نوشتم به تقلید از پیرمرد و دریاى همینگوى، ولى با لحنى به مقتضاى سنم، رمانتیك و شاعرانه. داستان ماجراى پیرمردى ست كه از این كه سیرى و گرسنگى خود و خانواده اش به دست بازى هاى دریا باشد، به تنگ آمده....
  • Dan Schwent
    2015-05-13
    After eighty-five fishless days, Santiago hooks more than he bargained for. Can he battle everything the sea throws at him to land his prize?In the interest of reading a wider variety of things, I snapped this up like an eighteen-foot marlin bites a baited hook. It was definitely worth a read.The Old Man and the Sea is the tale of an Old Man. And a Sea. It's man vs. nature at its finest. Hemingway's language is spare but very powerful. I felt eve...
  • Greg
    2007-08-17
    Sad book. Read it, but know it is sad.This is probably written at about a 4th grade reading level, and the audience is at least that broad.I'll spare you the christ imagery chit-chat.Why did Ernest Hemingway cross the road?To die. In the rain.
  • Matthew
    2014-03-05
    This was my very first Hemingway and I loved it! However, I am not sure if it broke me for future Hemingway novels. This one was so perfect in its simpleness. When I got to other Hemingway novels it was almost like there was too much in them - I wanted the basics of this book again. That is not to say that I have not enjoyed his other books, but if I had read the others first and wasn't tempted to compare them to this, I would have rated them hig...
  • ميقات الراجحي
    2016-06-03
    هذا العمل أحببته جدًا – رغم أن الكثير يشعر تجاهه بملل – وسبب حبي له حيث أني ولدت بالقرب من البحر ولم أعرف الكثير عن العالم الآخر أول سنواتي سوى البحر ورائحته، ولهذا أعرف جيدًا ماذا يعني تجمّع هذه الثلاثية (صياد / سمكة / وقت) في البدء يعوّل الأول على ا...
  • Cierra
    2008-05-27
    I'm not a huge Hemingway fan, but I do have to say that this book is one of my favorites and the best that Hemingway wrote. What an incredible tale of human fortitude and self-validation. I love this story so much. I forget I am reading each time: the words are constructed in such a way that I visualize the whole story as though I were an invisible spectator. I love the descriptions of the old man's hands, and the whole story is told with unbelie...
  • Alex Farrand
    2017-02-27
    The Old Man and the Sea is my first novel I read by Ernest Hemingway. It is about an old cuban fisherman, who goes off to sea to catch some fish.I feel very strange, and I am really unsure how I feel. Do I like? Yes, but it wasn't anything special. It was simple, without any elegant prose, but it was somehow beautiful. I cannot put my finger on it, but it was there. Something behind his words consumed me, but I do not understand why.Usually, mul...
  • Jason
    2011-02-05
    Hi!!!!!I’m drunk again.So, this book. Ostensibly about a geriatric dude who goes fishing, The Old Man and the Sea covers way more bases than that. One could say it is a book whose themes include “the solitude of man” or, um… “one being pitted against the world.” Or maybe even a “powerlessness against nature” or whatever. And all of these things may be true, but I think I would have enjoyed this touching novella even if it didn’t...
  • Fatima
    2016-07-24
    داستان جذابیت خاصی نداشت , هرچند من عاشق ماهیگیری هستم و خب فضای داخل داستانش باعث شد تا انتها روند عادی اش را تحمل کنم و کتاب را بخوانم اما این دلیلی نمیشود بر اینکه بگویم خیلی خوب بود و یا عالی بود ! در عوض یک داستان کاملا متوسط و چه بسا رو به پایین به...
  • mai ahmd
    2012-09-02
    أي عاشق للأدب الكلاسيكي لابد وأن يقرأ هذه الرواية .. كما قال ماركيز لم يكن هذا الصراع صراع قوة ولكنه كان صراع حكمة وذكاء شيخ طاعن في السن يصارع سمكة من الحجم الهائل هذا هو فحوى الرواية التي لا يوجد قارىء إلا ويعرف قصتها وإن كان لم يطلع عليها وذلك بسبب...
  • فهد الفهد
    2011-05-23
    العجوز والبحر يترجم عنوان رواية هيمنغواي الشهيرة هذه عادة ً بالشيخ والبحر، ولكني أفضل هذه الترجمة (العجوز والبحر)، فكلمة الشيخ محملة بالوقار، بالحكمة، فالشيخ لا يفتش عن ذاته، لقد وصل إليها وحازها منذ وقت بعيد، بينما كلمة العجوز تحمل دلالات أخرى، ...