The Old Man and the Sea

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. (I quite liked The Sun Also Rises, but I have heard that Hemingway himself quite dislikes The Old Man and the Sea, which has kept me away from it for some time now.)

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