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The Old Man and The Sea (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) [Paperback]

By Ernest Hemingway (Author)
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Story of an old fisherman's struggle against natural obstacles that hinder the catch of a huge marlin

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"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 his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Old Man and The Sea (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) by Ernest Hemingway has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • People Weekly - 05/25/2009 page 53
  • Library Journal - 05/01/1995 page 138
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 612
  • Newsweek - 12/03/2007 page 20

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Scribner
Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1999
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Grade Level  High School  
Series  Learning Language Arts Through Literature  
ISBN  0684801221  
ISBN13  9780684801223  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899, Ernest Hemingway served as an ambulance driver in the Red Cross during World War I and was severely wounded in Italy. He moved to Paris in 1921 to devote himself to writing and lived among the expatriate community that included Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound. Defined by economy of language and understatement, Hemingway's terse prose revolutionized American writing. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, and his classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho, on July 2, 1961.

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A HEMINGWAY CLASSIC ! ( the story is fascinating, and the symbolism offers wisdom)  Sep 27, 2007
Ernest Hemingway's Pulizter Prize winning novel, The Old Man And The Sea is the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago, and the several days and nights he spends in his skiff catching, killing, and bringing back a large (bigger than his skiff) Marlin. Santiago has gone eighty-four days without a catch, and on this day he goes out farther than he normally does, and catches his prize (or maybe it's not a prize at all). The man-against-nature aspect of the story is intriguing in itself, but I've always seen this book as a parable, with a lesson or even several lessons to be learned from it. The fish is a symbol of a sought after prize, and the sea is a symbol for life itself, the old man has gone out too far, and so on. It actually can be interpreted many different ways, and because of that, it's like piecing together a puzzle each time it's read. I have read this interesting story many times in my life (I've just finished reading it again), and I always find new ways to interpret it, and new ways to enjoy it. It's only 120+ pages, so it's a book that can be read without a great deal of labor. The imagery of early 1950s Cuba is fascinating, and the simple, honest, and colorful lives of Santiago and his devoted young friend, Manolin are refreshing and heartwarming. The Old Man And The Sea is a book that I have read for years, and one that I will read many times again.
Hemigway at His Best  Sep 13, 2007
Having read and enjoyed most of Hemingway's major works, I recently decided to re-read this one. It was a wonderful decision.

"The Old Man and the Sea" excels at several levels. On the surface, it is a fine story about an old, down on his luck fisherman catching a huge marlin. But it also has deeper meanings including man against the elements, man fighting failure, man's relationship with nature etc. etc. It is also a story well and efficiently told. One of the great books of all time in only 120+ pages. It deserved the Pulitzer and all the other accolades it has received.
Short but Good Enough  Sep 6, 2007
Are all of Ernest Hemingway's books following For Whom the Bell Tolls that bad? No, and The Old Man and the Sea justifies that answer. This is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, Santiago, who has not caught any fish for eighty-four days and is seen by the other fishermen as unlucky. Even the boy that often fishes with him, Manolin, is not allowed to do so anymore by his father's authority, but still helps him out when he is not fishing. The old man goes out onto the Gulf Stream to make some catches and eventually has an arduous struggle with a large marlin. I am not going to give off any big spoilers (for now at least) in this introduction, but I will say one thing: this is a story about how life can reek of misfortunes but in the end, make prosperity.
Hemingway's novels do not just happen as any ordinary fiction based on some random idea, but rather they are inspired by his real-life experiences. What is The Old Man and the Sea based off of? It is based off two things: his time living in Cuba in 1940 and his favorite past experiences: sailing and fishing. The old man, Santiago, is believed to be based off of Cuban fisherman, Gregorio Fuentes. As another fact, The Old Man and the Sea - Santiago's story - was previously intended for a bigger project of Hemingway's: "The Sea Book."
Hemingway has a very unique way of fleshing out the book's situations with words. For most of the book, the old man is out at sea, alone with nobody to talk to, but does that mean he does not talk at all? No, it does not. Often at times, he will talk to himself, usually talking to his own appendages almost as if they had their own degree of sentience. For example, he would say to his arm, "How do you feel, hand?" (Hemingway 58) when it felt pain and then say, "I'll eat some more for you" (59) when he eats some of his recently caught fish to replenish his arms strength for bigger, upcoming catches. He also talks to the fish he has caught or is going to catch, whether they are dead or alive. He communicates with the marlin in his vicious struggle as if it were a sapient creature.
*Warning! Spoilers Ahead!*
Even after the monstrous fish is caught, he still communicates with it, and forms a spiritual bond with his prize. This is evident during the shark attack, which may have been another great battle for the old man, but results in the loss of most of the marlin's edible parts. He feels that he has failed to protect the fish, which was like a brother to him.
*Spoilers end here*
The Old Man and the Sea is a book I would recommend for anyone that usually has poor reading comprehension skills, like me for instance. In fact, I would recommend it for just about anyone. This book is fairly short but interesting enough to keep you engaged, though if you are reading this for school, you may be compelled to take day-to-day breaks with it. Also, this book is not divided into chapters; it is just one chapter the length of the whole book, so it might be a little hard to know when the best time to take a break is. If you think books of this size are just for pre-high school kids, I would say you are bit too judgmental. As they say not to judge a book by its cover, I should also say not to judge a book by its size. If you just started reading this novel, I will say it should take less than a week if you are not too break-heavy. As this is Hemingway's last major novel, Hemingway's literary career sure did end successfully.
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway  Aug 5, 2007
I'am really into classics but I would say this is an ok book not great. If it was longer I wouldn't recommend it but since it is so short (127 pages) it makes it an easy read. It's just a simple story about bad luck and when things start to turn around you lose again. I also got from it that you shouldn't worry about proving yourself to others just to yourself. This book reminded me of The Pearl my John Steinbeck, which is also a short story about courage in the face of defeat dealing more with greed. Read the book but don't expect a great ending with a meaning that you will always remember.
Interesting!  Jul 28, 2007
The prose seemed a little slow and dry to me, but overall, I enjoyed this book. It's a fast, quick read that I can enjoy many times without expending a lot of time. The overall theme is also very important to me, as it reflects some of the hardships I am enduring right now. All in all, this book is special to me, and occupies a place in my bookshelf.

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