|First Edition, 1952|
I had been putting off reading The Old Man and the Sea for some time because I thought if it was considered a 'classic' it would be complicated. I was immediately proven wrong from the beginning. It was actually written with so much simplicity and purity it is so powerful. One of Ernest Hemingway's most enduring works, The Old Man and the Sea was written in Cuba in 1951, published in 1952, and played a major role in Hemingway's winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
Pulitzer Prize winner and
Nobel Prize winner for Literature
The strikingly simple story is about an old Cuban fisherman, Santiago, who goes out to sea to catch fish. He has been unsuccessful for the last 84 days but unknown to Santiago this next trip would prove to become his greatest ordeal. When Santiago finally catches a giant marlin on his line he hopes to bring it home because it would fetch a good price at the market. But he is unable to hoist the huge fish (which turned out to be 18 feet long) onto his boat so he has no choice but to drag it along. Then sharks start to get attracted to the bleeding fish. The trip would prove to be a most grueling 4-day battle with the giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream for Santiago.
Where Hemingway stayed while writing
The Old Man and the Sea and the inspiration for the book