The story of an old man's tragic fishing-trip, following the original publication of which Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in 1919, only to return to the battlefield - this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war - in 1922. Resigning from journalism to focus on his writing instead, he moved to Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with fellow American expatriates such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Through the years, Hemingway travelled widely and wrote avidly, becoming an internationally recognized literary master of his craft. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
"It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many" -- Anthony Burgess "The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently." Sunday Times
Author won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954
Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 for 'his powerful style-forming mastery of the art of modern narration as most lately revealed in his novel The Old Man and the Sea'. Reading his spare economic style is a tonic. This short novel tells of an old fisherman, a young boy and a big fish. The story is of a heroic duel between the old fisherman and a huge marlin way off Havana, and its subsequent destruction by sharks. Much wisdom, soul searching and inspiring prose: 'A man can be destroyed but not defeated...' A fine story displaying the dignity of the human spirit, sometimes hard to spot in real life. (Kirkus UK)
A long short story and worth the money in quality of the old Hemingway of Men Without Women days - though in quantity it can't bulk to more than a scant 150 pages. A unique fishing story - as old man Santiago determines to try his luck in the Gulf waters off Cuba for the eighty fifth day. Surely his luck will change, he assures his faithful young friend whose parents wouldn't let him fish any more in such an ill-fated boat. So the boy goes along in imagination with the old man, pretending that there is enough food in the shanty- and supplementing the lacks from his own table; pretending that bait could be found- and bringing him sardines; planning for getting some warmer clothes for him and lugging water from the village pump; talking gaily of the great "DiMag" and of the game the Yankees are sure to win. And then the old man goes out - beyond the other fishing boats - and drops his lines in the way he has always done, and baits the hooks so that his hoped for great fish could smell and taste. The miracle happens - and the fish, a giant marlin, is bigger than any fish dreamed of. And the old man is alone....The story of that battle, that carried him out to sea and lasted through two days and two nights, is one of the miniature modern classics of such writing. And the story of the sailing back to port, as little by little the scavengers of the sea stripped what was to have been his livelihood for months to come, down to the skeleton, is grim and heartbreaking. A miracle tale, told with such passionate belief that the reader, too, believes. There's adventure here and Hemingway's old gift for merging drama and tenderness gives it a rare charm. (Kirkus Reviews)
Winner of Pulitzer Prize Novel Category 1953
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