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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've bought, read, and lost this book so many times I've lost count. Easily one of my all time favorite stories and/or one sitting reads.Published 9 days ago by Bryan
great very good i coould not have chosen a better book it had all the stuff to just make me keep reading.Published 14 days ago by Curtis Hamburg
The Old Man and the Sea is not a long book, but the now classic story can be enjoyed by folks of all ages. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Max
In general, Hemingway is seriously overrated as an author. I'm convinced he only got published because he had accomplished author friends and a interesting lifestyle. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Peter
Always enjoyed novels on the sea and this one takes the cake as one of Hemingway's best fishing adventures against all odds.Published 21 days ago by chad banter