The Old Man and the Sea (《老人与海》，1952) is a short novel written by US author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). It tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles to catch a huge fish far out in the ocean for two days and nights. After he kills the fish and is on his way to shore (海岸), he has to fight a group of sharks that want to take the fish from him. The book was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The following extract is a scene in which Santiago tries again and again to catch the fish, even though he feels like he might give up at any moment.