The story of the old man and the sea
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At the beginning of the book,Santiago has not caught anything for eighty-four days. The novella follows Santiago's quest for the great catch that will save his career. Santiago endures a great struggle with a uncommonly large and noble marlin only to lose the fish to rapacious sharks on his way back to land. His pride as a man and fisherman is continually put to the test. Despite this loss, Santiago ends the novel with his spirit undefeated.