Books: Clean & Straight

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (140 pp.)—Ernest Hemingway—Scribner ($3).

For a long time Ernest Hemingway has wanted to write a story that he did not think he could. Now he has written it. It is a very short (27,000-word) novel called The Old Man and the Sea, and it may be what he thinks it is: the best work he has ever done. Says Hemingway: "I have had to read it now over 200 times and every time it does something to me. It's as though I had gotten finally what I had been...

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