The Old Man and the Sea is a novel by Ernest Hemingway that was first published in 1952, and to this day remains one of his most famous works. The protagonist, a fisherman named Santiago, has gone 84 days without catching a fish. His struggle with a giant marlin proves the significance of sacrifice and indicates there's victory in defeat.


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