Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superflous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.
It is unsurpassed in Hemingway's oeuvre. Every word tells and there is not a word too many -- Anthony Burgess The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful master-work could have been done better or differently. * Sunday Times *