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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

An old Cuban fisherman struggles to catch and land a huge marlin. On the way back to dry land, the marlin is attacked by sharks who eat its flesh, so that when he finally gets to shore there is nothing left of the fish but it's skeleton. This simple story is a unique vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.
Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway