The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

fiction classics literary
reflective medium-paced

132 pages | first published 1952

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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Moods

reflective 75%
adventurous 52%
emotional 37%
sad 25%
inspiring 22%
challenging 19%
tense 19%
hopeful 18%
relaxing 10%
dark 5%
funny 2%
lighthearted 2%
informative 1%
mysterious 1%

Pace

slow 49%
medium 30%
fast 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 86% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | No: 29% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 9% | N/A: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 73% | It's complicated: 9% | Yes: 9% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 53% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 3%

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3.34