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Sharks are drawn to the tethered marlin, and, although Santiago manages to kill a few, the sharks eat the fish, leaving behind only its skeleton. After returning to the harbour, the discouraged Santiago goes to his home to sleep. In the meantime, others see the skeleton tied to his boat and are amazed. A concerned Manolin is relieved to find Santiago alive, and the two agree to go fishing together.
The Old Man and the Sea contains many of the themes that preoccupied Hemingway as a writer and as a man. The routines of life in a Cuban fishing village are evoked in the opening pages with a characteristic economy of language.
Hemingway was famously fascinated with ideas of men proving their worth by facing and overcoming the challenges of nature. When the old man hooks a marlin longer than his boat, he is tested to the limits as he works the line with bleeding hands in an effort to bring it close enough to harpoon. Through his struggle, Santiago demonstrates the ability of the human spirit to endure hardship and suffering in order to win. It is also his deep love and knowledge of the sea, in its impassive cruelty and beneficence, that allows him to prevail.
The essential physicality of the story—the smells of tar and salt and fish blood, the cramp and nausea and blind exhaustion of the old man, the terrifying death spasms of the great fish—is set against the ethereal qualities of dazzling light and water, isolation, and the swelling motion of the sea. It is a story that demands to be read in a single sitting. It was cited when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in A hugely popular film adaptation starring Spencer Tracy was released in We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.
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Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Now take a deep breath and smile. Life is too short to be anxious about picayune stuff like this. Louis Kalman This is the equivalent of me reading Pride and Prejudice and wondering why the girls didn't just go on Tinder.
Ellen Why should he cut the line? Apr 09, Jan 07, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this as a young man and was disappointed.
It didn't work for me. I thought it was about a crazy old man gone off the reservation, picking a fight with an innocent fish while ranting about the New York Yankees "I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing. They say his father was a fisherman I picked it up again, after the passage of some years, and found it incredibly poignant.
It's a simple story. There's an old man, Santiago, who is a fisherman fallen on hard times. He is cared I read this as a young man and was disappointed. He is cared for by a young boy, Manolin, who no longer works on his boat. Santiago goes into the Gulf and engages in the fight of his life with a giant marlin. What follows is a dream-like, stream-of-conscious meditation as the old man matches strength and wits with the great fish.
After 84 days of no fish, Santiago takes his skiff far out to sea. He drops his line and hooks a marlin. He can't pull it in, so he takes hold of the line, beginning the back and forth: The old man's hands are cut by the rope. His muscles strain. He has no food or water. Yet he doesn't give up. The obsession has shades of Moby Dick , except at the end of this novel, I didn't feel the need to dig up Melville and punch him in the skull: I have never seen or heard of such a fish.
But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars. Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought. The moon runs away.
Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity. I do not understand these things, he thought.
But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers. Eventually, the marlin is hauled in and killed. The old man attaches him to the boat, and begins to row towards shore. Of course, the marlin is dripping blood, so if you've seen Jaws or read James and the Giant Peach , you can imagine that his dreams of hitting it big with this fish are probably not going to come to pass. Age teaches you a lot of things.
You start to realize that you might never be the person you thought you'd be as a child. Days go by, you start to lose more and gain less. I thought about this as I thought about the old man, raging like Dylan Thomas against the night; an old man nearing the end of his days fighting against nature, time, death, a fish, able to boil all things down into one climatic struggle on the high seas.
At the end, he did not succeed, at least not in the manner he'd foreseen, but he was, in an inimitable way, victorious. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?
View all 12 comments. Aug 04, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes the experience you have with a book can be effected by many things beyond the narrative itself, and I think that is certainly the case here. While I believe I would have loved this story regardless, there is no doubt that the stars aligned themselves perfectly to make this a singularly special read for me. Let me explain Last year, I was in Napa with my wife and two of our best friends celebrating my oh shit!!
It was the latter part of October near the end of harvest time and the weather was perfect We were staying at our favorite Napa sanctuary, the Villagio Inn and Spa. Though pricey, Vellagio is just about perfect, it's centrally located, with wonderful rooms, and one of the BEST breakfast spreads in the world Hey, when you are going out drinking all day, it is important to load up on foodstuffs to avoid alcohol-related trouble.
Speaking of drinking all day, we had just come back from an awesome tour of the Castle di Amarossa Winery which is, I shit you not, a real castle in the middle of Napa, California Anyway, we got back to the room and had a few hours to relax before a late dinner reservation. I choose this story because it was only pages long or just under 3 hours via audio and it seemed to fit my time allotment perfectly. So, feeling a little buzzed and in a superb, yet contemplative mood I had just turned 40 for crying out loud , I poured myself another glass of wine shut up and don't judge me , went and sat on the balcony outside our room and, with the sun starting to go down, began listening to the audio version of this story.
Well, this story slammed me and had me sucked in and captive from the very first words: As many have said and almost as many have complained , this is in many ways a simple story about an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago, who has had a significant run of bad luck fishing i. Yes, a simple story and Hemingway uses sparse, straight-forward prose The most powerful emotions, passions and struggles that people experience are often tied to the most basic needs and the most elemental aspects of who they are.
I felt an immediate connection to the story and was deeply moved by the restrained, yet palpable power of the narrative. The most lasting message that I took away from the story was that, despite the many hardships Santiago faces, and the titanic trials that he endures on the open sea, I NEVER ONCE felt that I was supposed to pity or feel sorry for him in any way.
Here was a person doing what he loves to do, what gives him purpose in life, and struggling with an iron will to accomplish his goal. The struggle is hard, it is difficult, but it is who he is and what gives him fulfillment in life. All I could feel was giant admiration for this man. I found this uplifting and a powerful reaffirmation of what is truly important in life.
That is basically it, but I wanted to leave you with my favorite line from the story, one that I think encapsulates everything Hemingway set out to accomplish in his tale. View all 70 comments. Tina Like you, I decided to first start reading this on impulse.
I was so excited. I had a couple hours to burn. I started reading it and going insane with marginalia, dirtying up the pages with scribbles and ideas. Just a little bit of an intimidating read; Mr. Iceberg always is. So much to decipher. Is it a simple, straightforward read? Or is it packed with hidden meanings? How should I go about this? Jun 02, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish.
The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know. View all 68 comments. It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images. The GOP has offered us a ready-made item to begin this list, and yes, I know that John Stewart already snagged this one and threw it back.
I turned up a visual art concept that fits in, for a restaurant based on EH themes: I suppose am certain there are plenty more images one It is intimidating to offer a truly critical look at such a classic, so we will ease into it with a few images. I suppose am certain there are plenty more images one might lure into our net, but sticking to words for a bit, we will pass on the porn offering, The Old Man and the Semen.
Then there might be a psychological drama about a man with bipolar disorder, The Old Man and the See Saw, or a book about an elderly acupuncturist, The Old Man and the Chi. I could go on, of course, and probably will, at home, until my wife threatens to leave. The possibilities are rather endless. Tackling such a review head on seems, somehow, wrong, like using paint by number to copy the Mona Lisa, carving the Pieta out of gigantic blocks of cheddar, writing a love poem for your beloved using MadLibs or view spoiler [ Yes, the forces of righteousness sanity wanted this one deep-sixed: Ok, year-old inner me is all giggly now.
I struggled mightily with this one, finding a hook, then having it pull away, grabbing hold of an idea and watching it disappear beneath waves of uncertainty.
I tried waiting a while, resting between attempts, losing myself in other contemplations. Smiling a bit, but always hoping for something I could finally yank aboard. As you will see, it was a not a simple contest.
And I am not certain that what I ultimately caught is all that filling. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. So opens The Old Man and the Sea , the book, we hear tell, that convinced the Nobel committee to reel in EGH with the biggest literary hook of them all. Santiago is an old, unlucky, but skilled Cuban fisherman.
He has an able assistant, the young Manolin. The lad is not a blood relation, but he sees a father figure in the old man, and he may be a younger reflection of the old man himself. Maybe Santiago sees himself in the young man and takes some strength from that.
Like the best sort of father, he teaches the boy to fish rather than fishing for him. The old man is determined to salvage his reputation, and his honor, and bring in some money by going farther out than the other fishermen are willing to sail, in search of redemption.
No herald calls him to action. No dramatic event sparks him to excessive risk. It is an internal challenge that powers his engines. But it is a quest nonetheless on which Santiago embarks. Any time there are fish involved, one might presume a degree of soul saving. I do not know enough Hemingway to have a take on whether or not that figured here.
I raise it only as a passing thought. But the second sentence of the book offers a hint. It was after being baptized that Jesus spent his time in the desert, preparing for what awaited.
Is Santiago to be tested here? Will he be offered a route away from his difficult path? The waters are becalmed. Nothing moves. A moment, then, for a digression.
I do not recall seeing an actual age noted, so I am gonna go with that. I know you guys will let me know if an actual age is revealed somewhere and my squinty geezer eyes missed it.
I can feel a slight breeze beginning to flutter the sail. Some sort of religion seems to flow through this fish tale. Not only are we sprinkled with forty-day references, but Santiago discusses sin. In his struggles he suffers physical damage in which some might see an echo of Calvary.
But I think that is a stretch, personally. So, we have a bit of religion, and a quest. What is Santiago questing for? Redemption would fit in nicely. Having failed for a long time, he feels a need to redeem himself in the eyes of his community.
Maybe not a religious thing, per se, but swimming in the same waters. And speaking of religion, water as a baptismal element is always a possibility, although somewhat diluted here, as Santiago makes his living on the water. The old man is strong, skilled and determined. Maybe it is his character that is at issue. Maybe somehow, taking on this challenge is a way to prove to himself that he is truly a man. He goes about his business, and his fishing is his fate, maybe even his life.
It is in how he handles himself when faced with this challenge that will show us the sort of person he is, a common Hemingway theme, and he does just that. This is a very short novel, more, maybe, a novella or large short story.
But it has the feel of a parable. There is definitely something going on here even if it keeps slipping out of my analytical net. I was reminded of another well-known fish story, Moby Dick really, allow a little literary license here people. Yes I know the whale is not a fish. Whereas in that one, the fisherman, Ahab, sets himself against the whale, and therefore either fate or god, seeing a personal enemy, Santiago sees the fish as his brother, a fellow creature in the universe acting out his part.
The challenge is always about oneself and not about the external enemy, or rival. In fact, the fish and Santiago are both victimized, together, by the sharks that feast on his catch. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is not one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behaviour and his great dignity. One might be forgiven for seeing here a possible reference to catholic communion and the relative merit of so many of those who receive.
Is the fish a Christian symbol if there ever was one meant to be Jesus or some other form of deity, as Moby was? Regardless of the literary ambitions splashing about here, the story is about a very sympathetic character.
Santiago is a man not only of physical strength, but moral character. He is not portrayed as a saint, but as a simple man, maybe even, in a way, an ideal man in his simplicity. He knows his place in the world, faces the challenges that world presents to him and using only his skill, intelligence, strength and determination, overcomes or not.
It is easy to climb on board as a Santiago supporter. He is a fellow who is very much a part of the world, even as he contemplates larger things. The Old Man and the Sea is a small story, but it is a whale of a tale. Gary Wyatt had shared it with him. View all 63 comments. Will Byrnes Fish is a common Christian symbol. Peter, the prime apostle, was a fisherman.
Jesus tells him he will be a fisher of men. You might notice cars decora Fish is a common Christian symbol. You might notice cars decorated with a fish symbol on or near the rear bumper, indicating the Christianity of the driver. Cecily Will wrote: It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba.
Jul 07, Nayra. View all 27 comments. Jun 24, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: My children and I were crossing a bridge in Rome. Our senses were acutely sharpened.
We were aware of each minute spent in this capital of human storytelling, of the neverending drama of human culture and nature in interaction and in occasional clashes. Looking out over the river, my son and I spot the sorry remains of a boat, just the bare metal frame without any "flesh", and we instinctively say at the same time: While we are arguing, my younger children are enquiring about the story we discuss, and we give them the details. We feel like saying: That's more than nothing.
And it is not a bad place for a boat to rest. Just like the old man and the fish are in good hands between the covers of a Hemingway novel. Nothing's lost as long as we can tell stories about it.
Brilliant parable of man's struggle with nature and himself. Beautifully written. One of my favorite Hemingways. And a Pulitzer that I don't find disappointing. View all 33 comments. The wolves will come I started this in high spirits as my updates show: In this alternate universe: The Giant Leviathan is a noble, unseen fish - steady and without malice. Captain Ahab is transformed into a gentle, wise old zen master.
Santiago - a humble fisherman with no legendary crew t The wolves will come Santiago - a humble fisherman with no legendary crew to command and only his frail body instead of a Pequod to do his bidding. Ishmael is a young boy, who instead of being a "end is nigh" Nostradamus is a loving, weeping young boy who cares deeply about the world. Queequeg is probably the dolphin which was the old man's only hope against his foe, his brother.
Now Moby Dick for me was the grand struggle of an obsessed genius with his destiny in fact, about the creative struggle - it proves that life is a tragedy and in the grand conclusion, you go down with a mighty confrontation and your ambitions take you down to the depths of the sea - no trace left of either you or your grand dreams except a mist of madness propagated as a half-heard story.
This was profound and it moved me to tears - but it was still grand, was it not? The great struggle, the titanic battle and the heroic capitulation! It was operatic and it was uplifting - even amidst the tragedy, the mighty bellow of man's cry in the face of the unconquerable; that gave me goosebumps. But Hemingway and his Old Man has turned the story on its head. It takes you beyond the happily-ever-after of Moby Dick! This alternate universe is much more cruel and much more real. There is no grand confrontation that ends in an inspirational tragedy.
It turns it into a battle of attrition - you are inevitably defeated even in success and life will wear you down and leave no trace of your ambitions.
It makes you battle to the last breaking point of every nerve and sinew and lets you win a hollow victory that you cannot celebrate as life has worn you out too much in your pursuit of your goals and the destiny, the destiny too now seems more and more unreal and you ask yourself if you were even worthy enough to start the battle. And as you turn back after that jaded victory, then comes the sharks, inevitably, inexorably.
And then begins the real battle, not the grand epic, but a doomed, unenthusiastic battle against reality - with the knowledge that no grand ambition can ever succeed. And the old man tells it for you - "I never should have gone out that far! I probably have to read this many more times before any hope, any secret light in it comes to illuminate me - for today, for this reading, Hemingway has depressed me beyond belief and I cannot remember how I always thought of this as an inspirational fable!
The scene in which the restaurant lady sees the bones of the once great fish sums it up for me - In the end you give up hope of success and only wish that at the very least you might be able to bring back a ghost of the fish so that people can see how great your target really was - but all they see is the almost vanished skeleton of your idea; your grand dreams are just so much garbage now and who will have the imagination to see the grandeur it had at its conception?
Not the fish. It was afterwards. View all 90 comments. Riku Sayuj Payal wrote: I love how you have i Payal wrote: I love how you have interpreted Hemingway's work to life itself, it makes me rethi Riku Sayuj Catherine wrote: Jun 17, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the masters of American 20th century fiction.
Garnering from his life experiences, his novels reflect on his time as a newspaper reporter and correspondent in a Europe during both the inner war and war years. A member of the lost generation, Hemingway was the first of his group to have a major work published. In addition to all of the accolades bestowed upon him, Hemingway is considered along Steinbeck to be a master storyteller, especially of short stories.
The crowning achievement to an illustrious career, The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in , less than ten years before Hemingway's death. Santiago is an older fisherman in Havana.
He is content fishing and contemplating on his life while finding out the daily baseball scores.
His favorite ball player is Joe DiMaggio because his father was a famed fisherman. As a younger man, Santiago was considered the strongest man in Havana, one time outlasting a negro from Cienfuegos in a twenty four hour arm wrestling duel.
Yet, despite his fame and accomplishments as a fisherman, Santiago's luck has run out on hm. As an older man, her needs help from a boy to complete his daily fishing hauls and tasks, and has not caught a fish in 84 days. In spite of this run of poor luck, Santiago still returns to the seas on a daily basis, hopeful to catch the big fish that has alluded him for his entire life.
Because of lack of successes, his boy has turned to another, lucky fishing boat. Santiago has to go at it alone, with only two fishing lines and baits. Determined to catch that big one, he sets out even with the dangers of sea, especially sharks, knowing that each journey into the water could be his last. Yet, this is subsistence and sustenance for many people on an island, so Santiago persists at his task.
His voyage for the big fish becomes more than a fishing trip but his contemplating life, bestowing his wisdom on both the fishing trade and life knowledge on the younger generations. This is without the assurance that he will even catch a fish or if this determination to catch the big one will be his last voyage.
From this page novella, one can see glimpses of Hemingway's greatness. His sentences are full of imagery and imparting the wisdom of a rich life. As an older man, he himself enjoyed fishing and Santiago mirrors how Hemingway spent his later life. I have read a number of Pulitzers, and while the writing of this novella is enriching, I am left wondering if perhaps Hemingway won the award here as a crowning jewel on his life body of work.
The story was captivating and full of messages yet a novella, rather than a novel. Perhaps, unbeknownst to me, this powerful novella was the best work of fiction in its given year and worthy of the award. In my quest to read the Pulitzers, I am glad that I was finally lead to read Hemingway. It is clear to me that he is a master of his craft, and I look forward to reading his further work.
The Old Man and the Sea looks back on an enriching life and won Hemingway a deserving award, if not for his lifetime of writing. View all 17 comments. My big fish must be somewhere. Many years ago when I read The Old Man and the Sea I thought it was going nowhere, that it was too simple and ordinary to be of any consequence.
On a second reading, however, my view changed and I ended up loving it. What I mistook for repetition was a literary device for emphasis and the boat, like the story, that I judged to be unmoving in the rolling seas was caught in a whirlpool churning the waters in its depth so that the boat and the old man at the sea were n My big fish must be somewhere. What I mistook for repetition was a literary device for emphasis and the boat, like the story, that I judged to be unmoving in the rolling seas was caught in a whirlpool churning the waters in its depth so that the boat and the old man at the sea were never at rest till the end.
Although grounds for comparison do not exist, reading this novella, Orhan Pamuk came to mind. It's their ability to weave the many similar threads of narrative into a stunning improvisatory whole that turns a small, and prima facie simple, scenario that might be covered in a few pages into an expanded mass of words that transcends the boundaries of its immediate context to inform on larger human struggle.
Repetition or artistic improvisation, when done well, is fascinating and here Orhan Pamuk and Ernest Hemingway appear brothers-in-arms. You start with a pin prick of a view that widens and opens out into a wide vista giving you a clear view of the clutter of human ethos.
Like his so many stories it's a tale of a heroic struggle but only inasmuch as a frail-legged ant suffers to get a tiny lump of sugar to its colony to claim its superiority on the lesser types. A knackered old man dreaming on the seas of a big catch in a boat fit for the axe of a lumberjack with a young boy for a helper do not evoke the romantic world of heroic battles fought by the gun-wielding machismo of Hemingway's other stories.
This is something simpler in its setting yet more profound in its humanistic import. A piece of writing - a prose story or a poem - becomes great because it has no single, fixed, literal meaning that forbids imagination. It is the reader who picks up the idea consistent with the subjective conditions of his own worldview, interpreting the text, changing it, and then getting changed by it in turn. This novella lends itself to interpretation on multiple levels and, for its rich imagery of natural elements and human emotions, remains one of the very best Hemingway offered us.
October View all 57 comments. Joudy It is the reader who picks up the idea consistent with the subjective conditions of his own worldview.. Nice review, Jibran Dec 09, Jibran Joudy wrote: Nice review, Jibran" Glad you thou Joudy wrote: Nice review, Jibran" Glad you thought so. Thank you! Fast forward 15 years: The Old Man and the Sea had been on my book shelves for quite some time.
So once again, I returned to the world of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway's story is told with extraordinary simplicity. It is amazing that Hemingway accomplishes so much with so little. Hemingway sacrifices nothing, and shows that brevity is the essence of style here. He clearly draws a portrait of the inner and outer strength of this amazing man. A man who faces each day with a quiet dignity. The Old Man and the Sea is not just a tale of a man and a fish. It is a story of man against nature, and valor, in the face of adversity.
Most importantly, it is a story of man and God. To quote William Faulkner: Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries. This time, he discovered God, a Creator. Until now, his men and women had made themselves, shaped themselves out of their own clay; their victories and defeats were at the hands of each other, just to prove to themselves or one another how tough they could be.
But this time, he wrote about pity: Praise God that whatever made and loves and pities Hemingway and me kept him from touching it any further.
Hemingway celebrates this man who goes thru life alone, ferocious, heroic, daring, showing what Hemingway views as the human spirt at its very best.
The old man is not alone. He has a friendship, with a young boy who began fishing with him when the boy was only five. Their story is rooted in love, and mutual respect. The boy has been forced to work with another boat, a luckier boat, by his parents.
He dreams of working with the old man once more. Most people are introduced to this work in high school. That is really quite a shame since it is not intended for the young. With their limited life experience, they cannot relate to the old man. But in this world of Trumps and McConnells, Kardashians and Kanyes, the individual spirit is trampled on daily. Are there any people left in this world like the old man? But Hemingway forces us to remember the spirit of the individual, the struggle for human dignity in the face of our daily struggles to survive.
Hemingway forces us to recognize bravery, tenacity, expertise, skill and strength. View all 29 comments. No pudieron extenderlo en su totalidad desde el malacate. Pelea y pelea hasta el final y de esa lucha sin tregua primero contra el pez y luego contra los tiburones que de a poco van despedazando su presa pero no cede hasta arribar al puerto con los restos que le quedan del pez.
Yo lo recomiendo mucho. View all 11 comments.