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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway


The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Recommendations: 2

Categories: ClassicsLiterature & Fiction

Reading time: 12 hours

Recommendations


Phil Keoghan
Television Presenter

Every year, I read The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. It’s so easy to read, and it has such a strong message.


Josh Waitzkin
Chess Player, Martial Artist, and Author

Of course, Old Man and the Sea is the one everybody thinks about and it's a beautiful book.