The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Book - 1996
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Old Man and the Sea
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Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1996]
ISBN: 0684830493
0684801221
Branch Call Number: FICTION HEMINGWAY
Characteristics: 93 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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A classic adventure with in straightforward simple Hemingway prose. Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks. 93 p. 940L


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Feb 27, 2015
  • julia_sedai rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I've never finished one of Hemingway's books until now. I dropped "For Whom the Bell Tolls". I did manage to finish this one, probably because it's so short. I did like reading it, although I put it down a lot so it took me a while. It won a Pulitzer Prize (this is the only reason I read it, because I needed a Pulitzer Prize-winning book for a reading challenge). I recommend this book to anyone who feels they have to read Hemingway, because it's short and you can probably finish it.

Nov 10, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Are we not all Old men in the Sea?

Struggling to get by but fighting every inch.

A book that says so much with very little, among Hemingway's best works.

Oct 17, 2014
  • whyisitso rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent tale of perseverance. A very easy read, which probably explains why it is often taught in middle school, though I think most of the themes are lost on readers of that age. If you've only read this book as a child, I would absolutely recommend re-reading it.

Oct 03, 2014
  • Aggie3 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was a peculiar little book. I understood the content and the message Hemingway tried to pass on, but I can't say I've enjoyed it. I love simplicity, but this one just didn't do it for me. I have much more enjoyed Hemingway's' "A Farewell to Arms".

May 31, 2014

It was a great piece of literature!

Apr 04, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the main themes of the book is that one must have respect for competitors or enemies as they are really just like you, trying to do a good job and survive in this life. I wonder if Hemingway embraced this concept in his earlier works For Whom the Bell Tolls (about the Spanish Civil War), The Sun Also Rises; (about Spain and bullfighting) and A Farewell to Arms (about WWI).

Dec 27, 2013

There are so many lessons and flashes of wisdom in this tale about age, fate, religion, morality, solitude and especially courage and fortitude.

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Aug 11, 2013
  • CatherineLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the battle between man and fish the sea always wins.

Jan 29, 2013
  • wptlzkwjd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good book but I found it to be the slowest to read (even though it's technically the shortest) of his 4 novels. I just didn't find it as interesting as A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises. I didn't find the book sexist though.

May 09, 2012
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite possibly my favourite book of all time. Hemmingway is not for everyone, but he is the master of setting the scene and bringing the reader right into it. This is a poignant tender story.

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Jul 22, 2014
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Sep 30, 2009

An old Cuban fisherman faces the battle of his life when he goes against a fantastic marlin.

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