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More About The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway; Donald SutherlandOverview2007 Audie Award Finalist for Solo Narration--Male Ernest Hemingway's most beloved and popular novel ever, with millions of copies sold--now featuring early drafts and supplementary material as well as a personal foreword by the only living son of the author, Patrick Hemingway, and an introduction by the author's grandson Se n Hemingway. 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, down on his luck, 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. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novel confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The importance of being Ernest
Ernest Hemingway said, "My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way." And that "best and simplest way," that tough, terse, two-fisted prose, had a profound and lasting influence on American writing. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature the very next year. His books are part of our canon, read in schools and colleges, reread and re-appreciated long after graduation, picked up again for book clubs. Now, his major novels are being recorded by some of the best readers in the business. In fact, you could think of the next six months as "All Hemingway, All the Time." The first three titles, available now from Simon & Schuster Audio, include the biggiesA Farewell to Arms, read by John Slattery; For Whom the Bell Tolls, read by Campbell Scott; and The Old Man and the Sea, read by Donald Sutherland. Seven more will be released in the coming months and all will be available by January 2007. Hearing Hemingway is a treat, his bold immediacy heightened by these strong voices. I can honestly say, with a stylistic nod and a thank you to Papa, I listened and it was good.