The Old Man and the Sea por Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea por Ernest Hemingway

Titulo del libro: The Old Man and the Sea

Autor: Ernest Hemingway

ISBN: 0099908409

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Old Man and the Sea

Amazon Review
Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honour to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such post-war stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards"). A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favourite 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 blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords."
Hemingway's style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame:
Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.
If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator:
"The old man was dreaming about the lions."
Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus

Review
"It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many" (Anthony Burgess)

"The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently." (Sunday Times)

From the Inside Flap
'The best short story Hemingway has written... no page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently' SUNDAY TIMES
Set in the Gulf Stream off the co of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. In a perfectly crafted story, which won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Lieterature, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.
'It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many' ANTHONY BURGESS
'A quite wonderful example of narrative art. The writing is as taut, and at the same time as lithe and cunningly played out, as the line on which the old man plays the fish' GUARDIAN

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1489 in Books
  • Published on: 1994-08-18
  • Released on: 1994-08-18
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.01" h x .24" w x 4.33" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 112 pages

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