The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Verlag: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1955
ISBN 10: 0224602799 / ISBN 13: 9780224602792
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1955. 117 pages. No dust jacket. B&W boards with white lettering. Illustrated by C. F. Tunnicliffe & Raymond Sheppard. B&W illustrations throughout. Mild tanning to endpapers and page edges. Some internal hinge cracks. Tape marks to endpapers. Previous owner's name on front endpaper. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Mild tanning to spine and board edges. Mild scuffing and soiling to boards. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: First published in 1952, the Nobel Prize-winning story tells of an old man's tragic fishing trip.

Rezension: 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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Titel: The Old Man and the Sea
Verlag: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: 1955
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: Fair

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ISBN 10: 0224602799 ISBN 13: 9780224602792
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Buchbeschreibung Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1955. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 1955. 127 pages. Orange pictorial dust jacket over blue cloth boards with red lettering. Good clean pages with bright copy and firm binding. Light foxing and tanning to endpapers and page edges. Boards are mildly rub worn, with some light shelf wear to spine, edges and corners, corners are bumped. Slight crushing to spine ends. Light wear to dust jacket with tears, nicks and creases to spine, edge and corners. Inscription to front flap. book. Artikel-Nr. 1480668796RF

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