The Old Man and the SeaBook - 1996
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Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Cicero (now Oak Park), Illinois. He is considered one of the greatest American novelist of the 20th century and won both the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea in 1953 and the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. For every story and tale he created, there are an equal number of myths and legends surrounding the man himself. The World War I… (more)
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This short classic is a great choice to read aloud with older kids, partners or just dial a random number and start reading. Best prank call ever. ArapahoeTina
A 93 page classic you've probably always wanted to read. Let this be the summer!
One of the first books that introduced me to classic literature. A story accessible to children but that may reveal more upon every subsequent read.
Hemingway is sometimes quoted as writing the world's shortest story. "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." He's a little more wordy in the 127-page "The Old Man and the Sea" which won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
During WWII, Ernest Hemingway patrolled the waters off Cuba looking for German submarines. Known as the "Hooligan Navy," civilian volunteers patrolled the coast in their private yachts. Only Hemingway was armed with sub-machine guns and grenades.
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an incredibly courageous old man hooks a swordfish while fishing alone, but must battle sharks all the way home. There is little left of the fish by the time arrives exhausted and dehydrated, but at least his young friend is there to comfort him.
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