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Literature & Fiction
The Old Man And The Sea is set in Cuba. Santiago is an elderly fisherman, a loner who lives in a tumbledown hut near the sea. He has one faithful friend, a young protege named Manolin, who goes out with him on his fishing expeditions and helps him bring back his gear to his hut each day.
Recently, Santiago has been plagued by ill-luck. For eighty four days, he has set out to fish and returned without any catch. He is now considered by the fishing community to be highly unlucky and Manolin's parents have forbidden him to accompany Santiago on his fishing expeditions. They have told him to go with other, more lucky fishermen.
However, Manolin still helps his old friend, bringing him food and helping him out with his fishing equipment. Santiago sets out once again on the 85th day. This time, he is sure of landing a good catch. He intends to go into the sea to change his luck. The old man sails off into the Gulf Stream on his skiff, setting his lines and waiting. Soon, he feels something caught on the lines and he is sure it is a big catch. It is a huge marlin, strong and powerful, not about to give up its struggle easily.
For two days, the old man battles with the fish and the sea, holding on to the line. He is afraid to relax his grip and tie the line to the boat, for the fish might break a taut line and escape. So, the epic struggle goes on. Santiago is desperate to catch the fish, but he is also filled with admiration and a sense of kinship with the great fish. The marlin begins to pull the skiff out towards the sea, and Santiago endures pain and hunger for two days and two nights. The fish begins to weaken on the third day and Santiago kills it and ties it to the side of his boat and sets off home.
However, the old man's ordeal is not over yet. The body of the huge fish and its spilling blood is attracting a number of hungry sharks. Santiago finds himself battling new enemies as he tries to protect his catch and get it back to the shore safely.
About Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway was an American author.
Other books by this author include The Torrents of Spring, Across the River and Into The Trees, The Sun Also Rises, Islands In The Stream, Green Hills of Africa, and Under Kilimanjaro.
Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, US. He enlisted with the ambulance drivers during World War I and served in the Italian Front. He was awarded the Italian Silver Medal For Bravery for carrying an Italian soldier to safety. He returned home in 1919, and went off to a camping trip with his high school friends. The experience gave him material for a short story, Big Two-Hearted River. His works often dealt with themes of wilderness, love, loss and war. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature.