The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

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 transfo...


Details The Old Man and the Sea

TitleThe Old Man and the Sea
ISBN9780684830490
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 1996
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature, Novels
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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-10-01
    521. The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba. In...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-24
    My children and I were crossing a bridge in Rome. Our senses were acutely sharpened. We were aware of each minute spent in this capital of human storytelling, of the neverending drama of human culture and nature in interaction and in occasional clashes. Looking out over the river, my son and I spot the sorry remains of a boat, just the bare metal frame without any "flesh", and we instinctively say at the same time:"Hemingway's old man!"We look at...
  • 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...
  • Brina
    2017-06-17
    Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the masters of American 20th century fiction. Garnering from his life experiences, his novels reflect on his time as a newspaper reporter and correspondent in a Europe during both the inner war and war years. A member of the lost generation, Hemingway was the first of his group to have a major work published. In addition to all of the accolades bestowed upon him, Hemingway is considered along Steinbeck to be ...
  • Kenny
    2018-07-23
    “ ’But man is not made for defeat’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.’ ”I first encountered Hemingway in college. I was taking a humanities class, and the professor had us read Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories . I fell in love with Hemingway’s short stories. I wrote an impassioned paper on the character of Nick and received an “A” for my efforts. Throughout the years, I have returned to Hemingway’s short...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2014-10-02
    So, reading this book was my personal penance for reading a rather silly YA fantasy freebie, Obsidian. If I read something particularly shallow and brainless, I try to balance it out with a classic or something that makes me actually use my brain cells.At first Hemingway's typical simple, spare prose and his testosterone-fueled values were getting on my nerves. Digression here: one of the funnier things I've read was a piece on McSweeney's titled...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Gaurav
    2018-05-27
    The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. -Tom WolfeLoneliness of human existence is omnipresent, perhaps that is what human existence is condemned to and that is what has haunted human beings most since the early days of civilization. Though loneliness is an una...
  • 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...
  • Fergus
    2018-12-18
    On July 2, 1961, Heaven and the world fell silent.When a just man diesLamentation and praiseSorrow and joyAre one.And some suicides, as Scobie’s in The Heart of the Matter, are - no matter what dour theologians May say - Trophies of Heaven.Such, surely, was Hemingway’s.That sunny, windy summer morning we all got the news, even my preteen friends and I were taciturn and sullen. Ernest Hemingway had been a Hero in our world. Life and Time magaz...
  • 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...
  • Fabian {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...
  • Luís C.
    2014-08-21
    My first Hemingway, that I had looked forward to seeing! And positive results, with a very good read, carried around Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman who has caught further fish for eighty seven days, and decided the next day to attempt once more to conquer the ocean.And from there, we follow three days of struggle, fury and battle the old man facing a huge fish, sturgeon; it finally so close to this human, that will express the same feelings and...
  • Henry Avila
    2011-06-08
    The tail, excuse me, The tale of an elderly fisherman and his not so good friend , a 1,500 lbs. marlin. They meet for lunch and immediately fight over the menu (he wants the fish , as the main course). This disagreement causes some friction. Boys will be boys. So eventually, the two, decide to take a long leisurely voyage , to cool off. What harm can happen? Imagine, Cain and Abel , without the brotherly love...
  • 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...
  • Luffy
    2018-03-04
    Maybe I'm being a little dim in not appreciating something this important. I'm not appreciating the importance of this book. But I can only look at it through my eyes. I can only relate my reading experience.The book covers 4 days or so of the Old Man's life as a fisherman. Like many books from that period (namely from American authors) the major events are glossed over. It's a style that has not survived the passage of other influences.This book...
  • 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.
  • Greg
    2014-10-24
    Whether or not one enjoys this book is partly a matter of personal temperament, but upon re-reading, I'm convinced more than ever that The Old Man and the Sea is objectively Hemingway's best. Here's why I think so: Hemingway's prose is deliberately minimalist, the sentences carefully stripped back. In its best moments, I think his prose feels like looking into a clear water. The style doesn't obtrude or obscure; it has a lovely cleanness; so what...
  • David Schaafsma
    2018-05-12
    “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff on the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days without a fish.” A masterpiece. I know that many many young people read this book and don’t quite get what all the hoopla is about, but I think it is not written with young people primarily in mind. There is the boy that supports the old man, true, but as with other stories about old people facing hardship—King Lear comes to mind—I think o...
  • Samra Yusuf
    2017-05-20
    I don’t remember the exact time, when I started forgetting things, let alone the reason be a medical or psychological. I forget remembering my forgetfulness even at times, and things go irrevocably wrong. But our dear brain, do quiver things with us, our memory is discerning in keeping things, and the only reminiscence I have in all its luminous shape is of the way to school, of the old man I used to pass in my way daily.There was something in ...