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CONTEMPORARY BOOK: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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    Wednesday, April 19, 2016
    Location: Emeryville
    Title: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Genre: Fiction – Adventure
    Year of Publication: 1952
    Approximate Page Count: 127 pages
    Summary: 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.
    Suggested by: Richard



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  • Anthony

    I'm sure many of you are thinking that an Ernest Hemingway novel like this one should be classified as a classic. The only reason it's classified as contemporary because the person suggesting the book placed it in that category. This is one of those books where the categorization could either way. It's a classic among academics, but it's also published relatively more recently than other classics.

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