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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

The old man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, a story just over 100 pages in length is about an experienced Cuban fisherman in the Gulf and the giant Marlin he kills and loses. The fisherman, named Santiago, has gone over 2 months without...
The Old Man and the Sea

The old man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, a story just over 100 pages in length is about an experienced Cuban fisherman in the Gulf and the giant Marlin he kills and loses. The fisherman, named Santiago, has gone over 2 months without catching any fish at all. On his 85th day at sea, his bait attracts a very large fish, which he believes to be a Marlin. He tries to reel the fish in but instead the fish drags his boat around and for two days the man struggles to keep his catch. On the third day, the Marlin finally stops dragging the boat and the old fisherman kills him. Santiago straps the fish to his boat and heads home. The trip home is not what Santiago desired and neither is the outcome but the way the story is told the ending is one that is not all bad.

I e njoyed this story very much and it took me a very short time to finish, not because of the length, but also because of the content. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read that does not drag itself out whatsoever. This short novel is fierce, full of vibrant energy and humanity, all the while being a slave to the realities of finite power, of the inability to struggle against something greater than you. Of course, this is the standard "man against nature" story, but it is told so well that it rings true. This story won Hemingway the Nobel Prize and there is no doubt as to why. The simplicity of the story mixed with the complexity of the character development and the symbolism that is shown, defines what is necessary to create a successful work.

posted by 547808 on December 7, 2008

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5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Eh?..

Stop writing such long reveiws people! I dont think u know but nobody reads them because their so long and pointless...short and simple proves a point a lot of the time! Jeez!

posted by 7152374 on May 30, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    Do not drive heavy machinery while reading this book!

    It was extremely booring. The book dragged on and on. It does not deserve all the acclaim it has received. You'd be better off spending your money elsewhere.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    One of the Worst Books I Have Ever Read

    The Old Man and the Sea is probably the most non-exhilirating book in existnce. It drags on and on and on and on and on about a fisherman trying to catch a marlin, and THAT IS IT! Imagine, reading 100 pages of somebody trying to catch a marlin, and nearly nothing else. Besides, I find it a bit unrealistic. Think about it, an old man catching an 18-foot marlin? I don't think so. Also, the old man goes crazy. He starts talking to his hands as if they are people and talks to himself too. I pity you if you have to read this book as a requirement for anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    Hated it then, wouldn't read it now.

    This book, required reading when I was a schoolgirl, sticks out in my mind, even now, as the worst book I've ever read. The title is accurate, but fails to convey the utter boredom woven into every page, or those endless descriptions! If my daughter gets this book in school, I think I shall take her on a very long vacation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Read this if you have no life!

    This was the most boring, waste of time book I've ever read! I HAD to read it in the 8th grade and I regret the amount of time I wasted reading this!! I definitely DO NOT recommend this book!!!

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