Book Reviews of The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
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ISBN-13: 9780684801223
ISBN-10: 0684801221
Publication Date: 5/5/1995
Pages: 128
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 420 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Great, short read. I love Hemingway and once again, so much happens with so little action. I never would have thought that a story about a man fishing out at sea could keep me entertained for 150 pages! I definitely recommend reading it!
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Helpful Score: 3
Classic story of man vs nature that is laced with deeper meaning. Works as an adventure story and a story to make you think of your place in the world and the parallels in your life. Quick read, but powerful.
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Helpful Score: 1
I picked up this classic and I read it in a day, its pretty short. It was enjoyable and really reflective of the period in which Hemingway wrote. It's clear, and simple to understand. It may be lacking action and a brilliant storyline but is a simple novel that is pretty memorable.
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Helpful Score: 1
Timeless classic. Great for young adults and adults
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the only work of Ernest Hemingway I found profound and worth reading; I wonder if he was sober when he wrote it.
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Helpful Score: 1
An all-time great story that everyone should read! A very short read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I had to read this for school but I ended up really liking it. Good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hemingway is brilliant in this novel. His creativity with language turns the ordinary tale of an old fisherman at sea into a epic quest for survival and triumph over nature.
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Helpful Score: 1
Classic story about human perserverance.
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Helpful Score: 1
A true classic written by one of America's greatest literary heroes
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It was great. This book should win an award or something.

Did your English teacher(s) ever tell you that fiction can be divided into 3 basic conflicts - person vs. person, person vs. nature, and person vs. his- or herself? And further, that there's only like one or two good examples of person vs. nature, and they were both written by Jack London? Oh, and that some fiction will fit into more than one category, and just about all good literature will fit into 'person versus his- or herself' in addition to the others?

Did it ever occur to you, as it did to me many years later, what a stupid categorization system that is, when basically nothing is one category, and everything is at least in another?

Old Man and the Sea reminded me of that. The struggle, as it is in all Hemingway, is not to win, but to acquit yourself well.
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Mark Twain's definition of a classic: "A book which people praise and don't read."

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA may be considered one of the great literary classics, but personally, I wish I never had to read this book. It can be summed up in a few sentences:

Let's go fishing. Ouch, hand, why do you cramp up on me? Oh, look, a giant fish! I wish Manolin was here. This giant fish is dragging me out to sea! I wonder what Joe DiMaggio is doing right now...

In my opinion, it's 130 pages of a waste of your time. I'm sorry, Hemingway...
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Now that you can read if for leisure, and not for school, you'll enjoy this short novella more. This is supposedly what won him the Nobel Prize.
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A real classic, excellent story, far better than the movie.
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Hardback Classic
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This is a quick read that makes you continue to think long after you have set the book down. I especially enjoyed this book since I like fishing, but a person who has never touched a line to the water can still take a lot away from this work.
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A really classic novel of a lone fisherman in Cuba before the time of Castro and his struggle to bring in a huge fish. Crisp, unambiguous prose, awe inspiring.
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Beautiful gift copy. I think that Hemingway 's story is part fiction and part truth. He fished and spied in a boat around Cuba and lived there before World WarII. This story is an analogy of man and his constant fight with nature to stay alive. Well written in short concise sentences.But the man in the story was blessed to come away with his life. The analogy here do not take on more than you can handle.
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Excellent book about an old man and how he battles with the world.
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I just read this last fall and its great. bravo.
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hemingway. what else can i say?
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I just could not keep my interest in this story ... I couldn't even finish the thing!! It was sooo boring, to me, and I hate saying that because it's Hemingway .. but it's the truth as far as I am concerned! :)
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Not my favorite...though it is a short story, it could have been a shorter story. It drug out for me...I've liked some of his other novels better.
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I know this is a classic and I have every reason to love it, but I could not get into it. I gave it a good shot, I promise. It may be a matter of not being in the mood right now, I will give it another shot like I've done for others that everyone but me seems to love. The language was too flowery, the movement was too slow, it was too moody. I still think it's probably a great book, but I didn't love it.
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I have to admit that I didn't really "get" this book.
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I have enjoyed other books by Hemingway, but not this one. Famous and widely-praised though it may be, it simply bored me. Bored me so much that I feel distaste when I even hear of it.
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One of the best books read. Read it to my son at 7 he still remembers it at 18.
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The symbolism in this book was incredible. A true treasure.
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I could not honestly get into this book. I was supposed to read it in school, but just couldn't make myself. Hope you have better luck.
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I read this book many many years ago. It was mandatory reading when I was in school. Decided to re-read it. While still very good with strong descriptions of the characters and scenery, I now found it tedious. Hemingway drew out the story long beyond where he could/should have ended it. After a while it simply became repetitive. If you haven't read it, you should. It's a classic.
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A classic must read.
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classic book
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So I just finished The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. Slacker that I am, I had never read it. I must say the book towed me in from the first few paragraphs and I read it in a few big gulps. Bravo, Ernest! No wonder you won so many awards.
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read in high school. Is on my students' reading list.
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I was bored to tears. Hemingway is an outstanding author though.
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This is a small novella but it packs a big punch! I love Hemingway's style of writing and his message is a good one. Be persistent in what you pursue and you will eventually achieve that goal. Great story!
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I love teaching this book! It is full of symbolism and students must think critically to imagine Sanjtiago's life.