The Old Man and the Sea

It is a short but powerful novel that chronicles the three-day struggle of an elderly Cuban fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico as he seeks out a monster marlin.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea chronicles the tale of Santiago, an elderly Cuban fisherman, and his struggle to end a string of eighty-four days of unproductive fishing. He spends time with Manolin, a little boy he used to go fishing with, and the two talk baseball. Manolin genuinely cares about Santiago and tries to make things better for him. The following day, Santiago, the character in the title, leaves in an effort to improve his luck.

The following morning, before dawn, Santiago is out on the lake once more, his eyes fixed on a brand-new, far-off fishing location. Santiago’s struggle starts when a fish grabs his line and he notices how big it is. Santiago endures miles of water, hours and days of toil, all the while being reminded of what it means to be human. Santiago suffers for what he thinks will be a success.


Ernest Hemingway



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