The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. The fantastic novel that made a record in the history of literature with millions of copies sold out in the initial week of release is one of the most read literary pieces under the belt of the literary genius and Noble laureate Ernest Hemingway. A in-genuine tale of an ageing fisherman who took up a dangerous challenge to surge the water when it was storm roaring over it. The Old Man and the Sea is one mystic tale of frantic adventure of an old man who was determined to get back his lost respect and status in the society of which he was a part. INTRODUCTION To start with this great literary piece of fiction, that holds a specific position in the world and history of literature, we must know what he (Ernest Hemingway) said about this work that was his last major creation. After completing the draft of ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ in about eight weeks he said" the best I can write ever for all of my life" (Source Wikipedia: Ernest Hemingway). This book, certainly, hold some grip to this day. ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ was not only that won Ernest the Pulitzer Prize in May, 1953 it was also a major influence to win him Noble Prize in Literature in 1954. It was cited specifically by the Nobel Committee (Literature) when awarding Noble Prize to Ernest Hemingway. Commercial Success of ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ When published in the Life magazine on September 1, 1952 the sales peaked to 5 million copies in just two days. And in book form the first edition print run was 50,000. The book was one of the most important commercial successes of the time. It continues to earn foreign royalties to this day. It has been inducted in academic studies in many academic institutions all around the world.
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Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honour to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such post-war stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards"). A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favourite motifs of physical and moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old and infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author's later work:
"The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords."Hemingway's style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame:
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
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