The Old Man and the Sea

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by Ernest Hemingway

This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses — specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author's Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.

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Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.

— Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea