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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®PLOT: 4. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready. One of the bookish resolutions that I took in was to read 10 classics. Needless to state, The Old Man and the Sea frequently graces many such lists and was therefore a good option. It is considered to be the last major work by the eminent author to be published while he was alive.
[Book Cover] The Old Man and the Sea
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the tale of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It stands as a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements. Every word tells and there is not a word too many". 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". Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in , only to return to the battlefield — this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war — in
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One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba. The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of a battle between an aging, experienced fisherman, Santiago, and a large marlin. The story opens with Santiago having gone 84 days without catching a fish, and now being seen as " salao " , the worst form of unluckiness. He is so unlucky that his young apprentice, Manolin, has been forbidden by his parents to sail with him and has been told instead to fish with successful fishermen. The boy visits Santiago's shack each night, hauling his fishing gear, preparing food, talking about American baseball and his favorite player, Joe DiMaggio. Santiago tells Manolin that on the next day, he will venture far out into the Gulf Stream, north of Cuba in the Straits of Florida to fish, confident that his unlucky streak is near its end.