The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal — a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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The 71st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on Biblioteca (Argentina)
  2. - 8th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  3. - 28th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  4. - 32nd on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  5. - 55th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  6. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  7. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  8. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  9. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  10. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  11. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  12. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  13. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  14. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))
  15. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)

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