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First published in the year 1951, The Old Man And The Sea is a book that revolves around the life of a fisherman named Santiago, and his struggle with a huge marlin in the Gulf stream.

Summary Of The Book

In the beginning of The Old Man And The Sea, the readers are introduced to the protagonist, who is unable to catch a single fish for 84 days. As a result of him not being able to catch any fish, Santiago is labeled “Salao”, which indicates the highest degree of unluckiness. This causes the parents of one of his young apprentices to bar him from travelling with the protagonist, but venture out for fishing only with successful fishermen.

However, Manolin, his apprentice was faithful to Santiago, and visited him regularly. One day, Santiago reveals his plan to Manolin. The plan involves travelling far into the Gulf Stream, with the intention to put an end to this rough patch in his fishing career. On the 85th day, Santiago sets out on his journey, along with his skiff, into the Gulf Stream. A marlin falls prey to his bait, and the old man struggles to get the fish onto his boat. This battle between the marlin and Santiago continues for three days, leaving both parties absolutely exhausted. At the end of the third day, the fish began to circle the skiff, which indicates that it was fatigued, and the old man pulled it in his boat, stabbing it. The battle wasn’t over yet, as the trail of blood from the marlin attracts sharks towards the boat.

Santiago killed the first shark with his harpoon, and lost it in the process. He makes a new weapon, and continues to battle with an ever-increasing trail of sharks. Will Santiago make it through this intense battle? This book answers these questions and more. The Old Man And The Sea was greatly appreciated by its readers, and fetched Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in the year 1953. It was also considered the reason behind him being awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature. The book was published in 1952.

About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a renowned author and journalist from America. Apart from this book, Hemingway has written a number of other books, and they include The Sun Also Rises, Across The River And Into The Trees, The Fifth Column And Four Stories Of The Spanish Civil War, To Have And Have Not, The Garden Of Eden, The Dangerous Summer, Under Kilimanjaro, and The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway was born on the 21st of July, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. He studied at Oak Park and River Forest High School, after which he began his career as a journalist. Hemingway first worked at The Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. For his immense contribution to the field of literature, Hemingway was presented with the Nobel Prize In Literature and the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction. He died in the year 1961, at the age of 61.

Specifications of The Old Man and the Sea (Paperback)

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Authored By Ernest Hemingway
Book Details
Publisher Random House
Imprint Arrow
Publication Year 1994 August
ISBN-13 9780099908401
ISBN-10 0099908409
Language English
Edition New ed
Edition Type New
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 112 Pages
University Books Details
Specialization English
Dimensions
Width 4 inch
Height 7 inch
Depth 0 inch
Weight 66 g
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The Old man and the Sea.

I ordered this book in Flipkart. I received it the next day. Reading a classic requires lot of patience. This book is not an ordinary book to browse. I must be read very deeply and slowly. Its a real master piece, and for an extra information this Novel has no female characters.

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The old man and the sea

This is a story of an old man who hasn’t been able to catch a fish for last 84 days. People start calling him “Salao”, worst form of unluck and make fun of him. A young boy believes in him and goes to fishing with man as he believes there’s a lot to learn from old man. Although he has to go for fishing with some other guys at end because of his parent’s will but he’s unhappy about decision and wants to be with old man. On 85th day old man goes alone and he catches a fish (which turns out to be a giant fish). Story turns around then when man has to spend 3 days in water and fish is not giving up to be caught. Old man eats small fish this time and he gets bruises in his hands. He thinks he’s going crazy and asks to be clear in head. He has slept very less. He talks to fish and consider him brother. How old man saves himself and fish from sharks.
To me this is a story where author has tried to explain how we constantly keep on fighting and explaining our inner friend/enemy. Where we explain why we did this, especially wrong and how much it matters to our lives. This is not just about my happiness or your hurt but many others whom we are treating.

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If the reading gets bored, you might get lost into sea like the old man... :P

Like the old man in the book you might get lost into sea literally, if you get bored in between. The language is simple, even though you might find it difficult for some of the fishing related terms.

The book is supposed to be shortest novella by the famous author which also brought him esteemed Pulitzer and Nobel prize. It is also his last major novel.

Till page 70-75 it feels long and boring but shows some inspiring courage and determination of the lead character. It starts with describing his relationship with fisher-boy and the old man's bad luck of not catching anything for days together. Then its slow tale of him holding on to hooked giant Marlin fish on his skiff or small boat, waiting it to get tired out of starvation, after which he could kill the fish easily which takes few days to do so.

After page 70-75 the fish is dead and tied to his boat but the other creatures of sea start to threaten to rip off the meat of his prized catch, finally losing it all. This part was interesting for me. It shows that sometimes everything goes against your wish.

This book is good-read for long weekend, I feel.

Flipkart delivery was good as usual. Usually if I order for Indian books I would get it next day itself. But this time I ordered two foreign authored books and so it got up to three days to reach home.

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What you make out of life!

We've been raised by a thought that at the end everything goes well. The prince happily marries the princess, the poor becomes rich and the bad characters pay for their sins. Thats a reason why probably we become frustrated when things don't go as per the thought.

Old Man and the Sea is something different, it talks about a man who is the stock of laughter and bad luck to his fellow fisherman but yet doesn't display misery or curses his life. Its about hope combined with hard work as hope alone can't get you to your goal. The effort put by the Old man defies age and appreciates experience. I agree the reading becomes boring and you may lose interest due to heavy dosages of marine words. Yet, the outcome is not focussed on result but on efforts you put in life as it never stops.

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24 October 12
when the going gets tough the tough gets going.....

as it is said,when the going gets tough the tough gets going,such is the old man.it was tough indeed to venture the sea and get the sword fish but despite all the hinderances he went.this what i got to know from my teacher,i found it so interesting that the next day i ordered it from flipkart and was with it just the next day.with great interest i went through it and much more in the novel than my teacher had told me.eventually what more i got know is that a man can be defeated but not destroyed.such should be our own life.

and special thanks to flipkart for such a hefty discount and fast delivery.

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nice book

The book quality and font are good but the story went quiet slow for me.. The story is about this old man who goes fishing afte...

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really nice and inspiring...can feel it..

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magnificent story

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