The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea Summary

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 a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superflous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.

Book Reviews


Interesting Proposition5 star

As I recall, I was either 12 or 13 when I first read this book. It was for a class in literature. At the time, one of my favorite authors was John Steinbeck; The Pearl, Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. I felt Steinbeck painted vivid word portraits of characters and scenes. (In the Grapes of Wrath, before I saw the movie I could see the broken down truck dimly lighting the road ahead or smell the butchering of the hog. Then I read this book. I was taken by the amazing way Hemingway was able to cajole my mind into imagining the sounds, beating sun, the feeling of triumph turning to danger with sparse snippets of internal dialogue and spare (non-existence) exposition. Just recently, in my 50’s now, I read it again. I closely identified with the quiet assurance of experience and determination of the Old Man. We all are threatened at some time, of losing what we pour our lives into building. Win or lose, the fight, the knowledge that all you could do you did and you did it well is the prize.55


Old Man and the Sea2 star

The book I found to be mediocre. Very repetitious. Bored halfway through and skimmed to the end. If this was classic genius, I doubt that I will read anymore Hemingway.25


Poorly formatted1 star

I bought this because it was one of the cheaper prints and regretted not spending the extra few dollars. The formatting is terrible. I guess you get what you pay for.15


Excellent Read5 star

Hemingway at his best.55


Old Man And The Sea5 star

This book is the best book I have ever read, it has everything a good book needs snappy title, great characters, nice simple setting, detail, and best of all a twist ending. I enjoyed reading this book very much!55

Beast moder beast

The Old Man2 star

It was a particularly good book in the use of imagery and text use. A good read. For a fisherman...25

Best of Five

I Fish5 star

As a person who fishes for sport not to kill or eat I can relate to the old mans struggle. I have fought and released big fish. While fighting each of them I think to myself this fish is fighting for it life. I so want to tell the fish I mean you no harm but wish to look in your eye and say thank you. We have both won this day. Hemingway captures his life in Cuba and fishing from the Pillar a fine vessel. His ability to write and explain the struggles of man and his ability to endure. This is in my opinion a great book and this is not the first time I have read it. I know I will read it again Thank you Mr. Hemingway.55

It's Banana

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!5 star

This book was full of action and still had the love of fishing. This book was not boring like some others I read and I could not put it down. Good Job Hemingway.55

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