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The Old Man and the Sea

By Ernest Hemingway

Narrated by Donald Sutherland
2 hours 29 minutes

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The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.


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Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else.

Orville Prescott, New York Times

His best. Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries.

William Faulkner, author

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.


The best story Hemingway has written. . . . No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently.

Sunday Times

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


Donald Sutherland


2 hours 29 minutes


Simon & Schuster Audio

Publication Date


  • But man is not made for defeat. . . . A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
  • Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.
  • Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
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