Book :: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea
By: Ernest Hemingway
Pages: 96
Published: 1952
Genre(s): American
Award(s): Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)
Pulitzer Prize (1953)
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The last major work produced by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953. Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman, has gone 84 days without catching a fish. Confident that his bad luck is at an end, he sets off alone, far into the Gulf Stream, to fish. Santiago’ s faith is rewarded, and he quickly hooks a marlin…a marlin so big he is unable to pull it in and...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

I read this book so long ago, when I was a student, but it left an impression on me of the resiliency and sorrow found in the old fisherman. It's an amazing story, worth reading.

Oct 14th, 2019

JesusCage JesusCage

Jan 13th, 2019

forline forline

simply wonderful!

Jan 4th, 2018

Murfville Murfville

Santiago made me feel bored and depressed

Aug 27th, 2017

Hammer2665 Hammer2665

Jul 31st, 2017

Portia Portia

Mar 13th, 2017

amessina3399 amessina3399

Jan 12th, 2017

D-Train D-Train

Mildly interesting book. Easy to read. Good story.

Jun 4th, 2016

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Jun 30th, 2015

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Feb 5th, 2015

LosWochos LosWochos

Jan 21st, 2015

jwk jwk

Dec 13th, 2014

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

May have contributed for Hemingway's Nobel Prize, but it is just an average account of an old man's adventure and the distance he goes to prove his skill, which is fishing. Very nicely written, though.

Nov 20th, 2014

acpac2004 acpac2004

Jul 25th, 2014

bdubransky bdubransky

May 26th, 2014

Shadow25729 Shadow25729

I think that I may be one of the only people who legitimately enjoyed this book. Though, it was not the story that held my attention, but, rather the way the story was written. The language is beautiful, allowing me to see the world that Hemingway created.

May 14th, 2014

sanayhs sanayhs

May 9th, 2014

laros76 laros76

Mar 20th, 2014

Lyricist Lyricist

Mar 18th, 2014

red13x red13x

I actually rather enjoyed this book, it is a good story of perseverance.

Dec 20th, 2013


A great ride that teaches some excellent life lessons along the way. I read it one sitting and I don't particularly care for fishing tales.

Nov 17th, 2013

aola aola

Jul 21st, 2013

bookinginheels bookinginheels

I have to admit to not really enjoying The Old Man and the Sea much. For one thing, I don't like fish in the slightest. I once had a panic attack in a pet shop because I felt like they were crowding me. And yes, yes - a story about a fisherman has fish in it!? I know, I was as surprised as you... Normally I can deal with them in literature, but this has some fairly graphic fishness that I Really Did Not Like. At one point Santiago has his head stuck inside a gutted dolphin. Fish aside, as I understand that not everybody is as broken as me, it's still just an alright story. It does tell a story at least - there's a beginning, a middle and an end - and it's not some rambling diatribe on the meaning of life. The ending is rather anti-climactic, rendering the whole novella almost pointless. Basically, I doubt that you'll genuinely enjoy this unless you a) enjoy fishing or b) want to search for hidden meaning. I know that I've come across as quite disparaging, but The Old Man and the Sea just wasn't for me.

Apr 1st, 2013

Alexander Supertramp II Alexander Supertramp II

Simple but spell-binding

Mar 13th, 2013

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