The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
July 25, 1952  |  128 pages
(Rated on Feb 19, 2016)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
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Sequel Potential:
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Never read this in high school, but I'm glad I finally did. It's a small story but evokes wonderful imagery and a wide breadth of emotion. This was my first Hemingway also, the brisk and simple writing took a bit to get used to, but as with most other people, I loved it by the end. Deserving of its classic status, for sure.  (+2 votes)