Hemingway's novel "The Old Man and the Sea" has been awarded with Pulitzer and Nobel prizes correspondently in 1953 and 1954. It is considered to be one of the most successful literary works ever written by this writer. Though the main plot of the story tells about a Cuban fisherman's struggle with marlin, the story itself is highly autobiographical and in the background contains many elements taken from the author's life. Hemingway uses the character Santiago to
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I believe that both Hemingway and his incarnation Santiago did not have any regrets when passing, as they might have lived their lives to the fullest some of us can imagine.
5. Hemingway, Ernest. "Old Man and the Sea." Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999