Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman, has gone 84 days without catching a fish. Confident that his bad luck is at an end, he sets off alone, far into the Gulf Stream, to fish. Santiago’s faith is rewarded, and he quickly hooks a marlin...a marlin so big he is unable to pull it in and finds himself being pulled by the giant fish for two days and two nights. HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
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.
This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favorite motifs of physical and moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old and infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author's later work: "The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks."
The Present Book Is An In-Depth Critical Study Of The Modern American Classic, Ernest Hemingway S The Old Man And The Sea, Which Won The Pulitzer Prize In 1952 And The Nobel Prize In 1954.This Study, While Keeping The Novel Under The Critical Lens, Examines It Against The Backdrop Of Hemingway S Aesthetic Convictions And Overall Literary Achievement. It Throws Light On The Various Dimensions Of Not Only The Novel But Hemingway S Craftsmanship Like His Use Of Suggestion And Symbolism, His Inimitable Style, His Manipulation Of Narrative Perspective, And The Way He Projects His Philosophical Theme Of The Ephemeral Versus The Everlasting, Which Is Dramatized In The Old Man And The Sea.The Present Book Will Definitely Prove Useful To Students, Researchers As Well As Teachers Of English Literature Interested In The Study Of Hemingway And His Works.
Octogenarian Anthony Smith's journey was originally inspired by both the Kontiki Expedition of Thor Heyerdahl (who he knew) and the incredible story of the survivors of a 1940 boat disaster, who spent 70 days adrift in the Atlantic, eventually reaching land emaciated and close to death. While this might sound like a voyage no-one would wish to emulate, to octogenarian Anthony Smith it sounded like an adventure, and he placed a typically straightforward advertisement in the Telegraph that read "Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only." In his inimitable style, Smith details their voyage and the hardships they endured with a matter-of-fact air that makes his story seem all the more impressive. His advanced age allows him a wider perspective not only on the journey but on life itself, and his never-say-die attitude to the difficulty of the journey is inspirational. 'Old men ought to be explorers' said T.S. Eliot, and this book certainly gives a compelling argument in his favour. It is both a great story (a huge storm on the final night of the voyage almost wrecked them on a reef) and a call to action for the older generation - do not go quietly, says Anthony Smith, but seek out adventure as long as you are able.
Every Sunday, Grandpa waited for me in his room, and I took my place at the foot of the bed. There were days when Grandpa wanted to talk, and days when we sat in silence. Then one day, Grandpa began telling me stories about his life at sea--tales of love and adventure and danger on the ocean waves. And that's when I learned who my grandpa really was . . .
Presents a collection of critical essays on the novel that analyze its structure, aesthetics, conclusion, and narration.
Published in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea is Hemingway's last major work of fiction and is widely revered for its compelling use of death and legacy. This concise volume explores Hemingway's life and influences, takes a look at key ideas related to death in the novel, including notions of the killing, hunting, and aging, and provides a selection of contemporary perspectives on death. Essayists include Lillian Ross, A.E. Hotchner, Carlos Baker, Wolfgang Wittkowski, and Dolores T. Puterbaugh.